Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pectus Excavatum In Dogs Fatal!

It appears that man's best friend suffers from a very similar chest deformity. Pectus Excavatum is the number one congenital chest deformity for young males. Veterinarians and physicians have concluded that this deformation is also found in dogs (and also found rarely in cats as well) which is far more sever for our canine friends.

Pectus Excavatum Diagnosed in Dogs

Pectus Excavatum in dogs depresses the sternum by malformed costal cartilage, which connects the sternum to the ribs (identical diagnoses as Pectus Excavatum in adult humans). The sternum presses against their organs causing adverse effects to the dogs health. This deformity is actually more dangerous for dogs, than it is for infant humans.

You'd be surprised to see celebrities who may also have this condition!

Pet Health and Symptoms of Pectus Excavatum

Dogs who suffer with pectus excavatum have trouble breathing. They breathe heavily and are not open for much exercise, which is quite odd for most active dogs. Over time symptoms may get worse with vomiting and lung infections, be sure to locate a local veterinarian for regular check ups for extra care. Your dog may also cough occasionally, likely from shortness of breath. Dogs are unlikely to gain weight or be overweight if the have this condition (due to continual muscle stress which makes their heart work harder to pump a 'normal' rate of blood).

This is a must to know for young puppies. For puppies Pectus excavatum is a very serious deformity and if left untreated could lead to the early death of your pets.

Surgical treatment for both dogs and cats can cost upwards of $1500! Here is the cost for Pectus Excavatum Surgery for humans!