Researchers need dogs with Grade 3 heart murmurs.
Free screening tests -- a consultation ,an echocardiogram, chest radiographs, blood sample analysis and ECG -- are included. At least three veterinary schools, the University of Pennsylvania's Veterinary Hospital (VHUP), in Philadelphia, PA, Washington State University's veterinary medicine's cardiology department, in Pullman, WA, and the University of Missouri's veterinary medicine teaching hospital, in Columbia, MO, are recruiting dogs for a study evaluating a beta-blocker to treat heart disease due to MVD. All breeds are eligible. The dogs must have at least a Grade 3 murmur, be at least a year old, and have never had any clinical signs of heart disease of any kind.
Dogs included in the study will receive a beta-blocker or placebo, and will be required to return to VHUP for rechecks four times the first year and twice yearly each year after. The study's title is “Clinical Evaluation of the Efficacy and Safety of a Beta-blocker Medication used to Treat Heart Disease due to Chronic Valvular Heart Disease”.