Hi I'm Jimj and used to spend a lot of time on this site. We recently had a litter of 11 lab puppies and one of them was diagnosed with Tricuspid Valve Displasia. I was wondering if anyone has been for any type of treatment for this. Everything I've read and heard is pretty disheartening. I tried to go back thru the archives and didn't find anything. This is supposed to be the most common heart ailment known to labs and it just seems there's not much that can be done. His current prognosis is life expectancy of 1 to 3 years. Also what are the chances of any litter mates having this same ailment? They have all been been back for at least their second exam and vaccination and none have any murmurs. One of the little females had a murmur at her initial exam but was gone by her 2nd and the vet knew of her brothers tvd condition so she listened extra carefully. Thanks for any replys
How old are the puppies? Did either parent have a cardiac clearance?
~Nicole<br />Grand Ledge, MI<br /><br />
The puppies are now 12 weeks old. They were born 11/11. No although we were trying to do everything right I had never heard of any cardiac screening nor was it even brought up by the breeder whose stud we used. Both parents were OFA graded as good for hips, elbows were clear and the stud had been cleared for his eyes. The cardiologist has recommended not breeding these two dogs together again and would want them to have have an echocardiagram (ultra sound of their hearts) if they were to be used again with another mate. I would never use or bitch again without having her checked and am not sure if I will again anyways. This is our first litter we have tried and am heart broken for the folks that have gotten this dog. They are being very good about it as the puppy went through his first exam and the murmur wasn't detected. It wasn't until they had taken him back for second exam and vaccination, at which time they were sent to this cannine cardiologist.
How was this pup diagnoses? By a regular vet or a specialist?
Here are the common clearances that should be done before breeding Labradors.
You will find some info about TVD there also.
It would be best if you not breed your bitch again and the stud dog shouldn't be bred again either.
♣ Laura ♣