Well Pet Programme

PRO-BNP TESTING FOR DOGs-screening for dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)

In early 2017 we will be running a screening programme for 'at risk' dogs for Dilated Cardiomyopathy, a common heart condition. Early recognition can allow us to intervene early to ensure that the problem can be managed. We are offering a FREE screening blood test to detect early signs of heart problems. 

There are a number of possible tests that a vet can perform to find out whether a dog’s heart has a problem. A simplified screening programme has been put together for the dogs that are more at risk of having DCM. These dogs are those that are over 3 years old and from the following breeds:

Doberman Pincher, Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Boxer, Newfoundland, German Shepherd Dog, St Bernard, Weimaraner, Mastiff, Dogue De Bordeaux

The screening programme involves performing a simple blood test to check the levels of a substance called pro-BNP. Pro-BNP is a substance that is released into the blood stream when the heart muscle stretches excessively, such as in dogs with DCM. High levels of this substance in the blood are a good indicator that a dog is likely to have DCM.

If a dog has a high pro-BNP level then the final step is an ultrasound examination of the heart. This is a painless procedure where an ultrasound machine is used to look at the heart and see how well it is functioning. An ultrasound examination will show whether the heart is stretching and enlarging, confirming the diagnosis of silent DCM.

Contact us for more information. We will be contacting owners, where possible to make them aware of this screening service.

Effective low-cost health screening for Your favourite pets

As vets we constantly seek ways to keep your pets healthy and happy throughout a long life.

In a recent clinical study of apparently healthy pets, more than 1 in 10 were found to be developing the early stages of a disease condition, including:

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Gastro-intestinal disease
  • Heart disease
  • Thyroid disorders (particularly amongst older animals)
  • Diabetes

Tweed House Veterinary Surgery is equipped with high specification biochemistry and haematology laboratory analysers, which enables us to offer the best possible screening and monitoring of your pet's health. Please contact us for further details and pricing.