Open Cardiology Studies

AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM AND BLOOD SAMPLE COLLECTION STUDY FOR DOGS WITH DEGENERATIVE MITRAL VALVE DISEASE

February 8th, 2019 Posted by Cardiology, Pain Studies 0 thoughts on “AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM AND BLOOD SAMPLE COLLECTION STUDY FOR DOGS WITH DEGENERATIVE MITRAL VALVE DISEASE”

Project Overview

The project is focused on blood sample collection, and echocardiogram imaging only (not treatment) for dogs with degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD). Dogs with a suspicious diagnosis, or previous diagnosis, of DMVD will have an echocardiogram, and a single blood sample collection performed.

Dogs are eligible if they meet the following inclusion criteria:

  • Dogs must weigh ≥ 1.5 kg
  • Dogs must be ≥ 2 years of age
  • Dogs must be client-owned
  • Dog must be pure-bred
  • Dogs must be free of uncontrolled inflammatory disease, infections and endocrine disease


Dogs are not eligible if they meet any of the following exclusion criteria:

  • Aggressiveness/intractability such as to make examinations or sampling difficult to perform
  • Females known or suspected to be pregnant or lactating
  • Dog has malignant neoplasia
  • Dog has evidence of heartworm disease


Breeds of interest

Dogs ≤ 20kg that are healthy or with signs of a murmur, DMVD, heart enlargement, or congestive heart failure. The following breeds are of particulate interest:

  • Bichon Frise
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boykin Spaniel
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Dachshund
  • Fox Terrier
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Poodle (toy, miniature)
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Shih Tzu
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Whippet
  • Yorkshire Terrier


Project Funding

Funding includes all procedures required within the one study visit. This includes a physical exam, the echocardiogram, and the one time blood-draw.

Participating Sites

Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates- Towson
1209 Cromwell Bridge Road
Towson, MD 21286
Phone: (410) 339-3461

Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates- Annapolis
808 Bestgate Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 224-0039

Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates- Columbia
10,000 Old Columbia Road
Columbia, MD 21046
Phone: (443) 583-3131

Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates-Rockville
1 Taft Court
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 984-5791

Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates-Gaithersburg
500 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: (240) 361-3820

Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates-Fairfax
8500 Arlington Blvd.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (571) 348-3888

Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates-Leesburg
165 Fort Evans Road NE
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: (703) 669-9311

Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates-Richmond
5918 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: (804) 497-8940

Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates-Vienna
140 Park Street SE
Vienna, VA 22180
Phone: (703) 281-7717

Friendship Hospital for Animals (Non-DMVD dogs only, control group)
4105 Brandywine St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: (202) 363-7300