Day and night, a dog's heart works hard to pump blood throughout the body and give your dog the ability to run, jump, play, and snuggle.

However, heart conditions such as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) make it harder for the heart to function correctly.

DCM in dogs is a progressive, irreversible heart disease that requires constant management and monitoring to give affected dogs the best possible quality of life.

DCM in dogs is a weakening of the coronary heart muscle mass, main to an incapability of the heart to settlement and pump blood correctly.

Weak heart muscles also cause a thinning of the heart chamber walls and eventual heart chamber enlargement.

When the heart cannot pump blood well, blood backs up in the heart, increasing blood pressure.

Increased blood pressure damages the heart valves, which separate the heart chambers and keep blood flowing properly through the heart.

Causes of DCM Nutritional deficiencies of taurine and l-carnitine, as well as toxins and infection, can also contribute to DCM.

Treatment of DCM Sadly, DCM is irreversible and incurable. Therefore, treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms and slowing disease progression.