Join Date: Jul 2014
Dogs Name: Vanya (Miniature Pinscher), Nadia (Doberman Pinscher)
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Dogs Age: 17/03/09, 26/02/15
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No, since the echo was done at an organised OFA health clinic (360$ vs 600$), we don't actually get a follow up appointment. The cardiologist is part of a mobile cardio unit - that's basically almost the only thing they do, health days/health clinics all around the province to provide ECGs and and Echos, and congenital cardiac exams. They will also come in as specialists to stationary vet clinics when called upon. But I have to take Nadia in for her rabies next week so I will bring the report and ask the vet. I did dig around a little and found that the normal EF values are expected 50% to 70% in dogs in general, with the closest to 70% being the best possible, but 45% is considered normal for Dobermans. Nadia's EF was 66% so that's encouraging.
Thank you for the links melbrod, I'm no stranger to technical papers (I once realized how weird I was when I was about 17 and reading a scientific paper about - in layman's terms: necrosy of the wrist bones caused by microfractures due to repeated stress. Mostly observed in gymnasts). So I'll take a peek and print it out for reading on the days I've got to commute by public transit for an hour and a half lol!