Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Cardiovascular Disorders

Pulmonic Stenosis

General Information
Pulmonic stenosis is a narrowing or partial obstruction of the pulmonary artery, pulmonary valve, or area of the heart adjacent to the valve that impairs blood flow from the right side of the heart to the lungs. As a result, less blood reaches the lungs, and the heart must pump harder to get blood to the lungs to pick up fresh oxygen. If the narrowing is severe, heart failure may occur because the heart itself is not receiving enough oxygen.

Most young dogs with pulmonic stenosis appear healthy, but, as they age, difficult breathing, tiring on exercise, and fainting may occur. As the condition worsens, signs of heart failure, such as swelling of the abdomen and legs, may develop. Other signs, such as difficult breathing, weakness, and fainting, become more noticeable.

Pulmonic stenosis usually causes heart failure before the dog reaches 3 years of age, but some dogs live a normal life if the stenosis is mild.

Important Points in Treatment
1. In some cases, surgical correction of the stenosis is possible. The doctor will advise you if surgery would be appropriate for your pet. In most instances, treatment is aimed at controlling signs of illness and prolonging life with medical and dietary treatment.
2. Radiographs (x-rays), electrocardiograms (ECG), and laboratory tests are necessary to diagnose the condition and evaluate the response to treatment.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

  • Upon arrival, owners can call us from the curb in front of the clinic and we will have a technician assistant come to your car and bring your pet inside.
  • From here, your pet will be examined and the doctor will develop a treatment plan which he will then communicate via phone with the owner.
  • At the end of the visit, an invoice will be brought out to your car and payment can be taken via phone.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.