PeeWee was referred to our cardiologist for evaluation of labored breathing and a heart murmur. An echocardiogram found that he had Mitral valve degeneration, the most common acquired heart disease in small breed dogs which typically progresses slowly over time. In PeeWee’s case, this also resulted in Congestive Heart Failure. He was hospitalized overnight for treatment and monitoring, his breathing normalized, and he was able to go home the next afternoon.


Riley came into our hospital last week after being diagnosed with pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart) at Mountain Parks Veterinary Hospital. An echocardiogram did not reveal an obvious mass on the right atrium, so the cause of the pericardial effusion is unknown, even after further bloodwork. Our cardiologist treated the pericardial effusion and sent him home to be monitored closely.