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Features December 2016 Issue

Study Involving Tufts Shows That Treating Congestive Heart Failure Before It Develops Can Extend Dogs' Health — and Life — By More Than a Year

Largest research trial of its kind exhibits “convincing evidence” of benefit for dogs on the road to life-threatening illness.

Unlike for most people, heart disease for dogs is not about heart attacks resulting from clogged arteries attributable to excessively rich diets, extra pounds, and lack of physical activity. Most often, it’s about a genetic predisposition to a faulty mitral valve — the valve that separates the left ventricle from the left atrium.

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