mitral valve disease

Mandy’s Mission to Mend Hearts is in honor of my dog Mandy, a wonderful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who lost her battle with Mitral Valve Disease. This is the most common heart disease suffered by dogs in the United States with approximately 5 to 7 million dogs affected.  Common in small breeds, this malady can affect any dog and is a leading cause of death for older dogs.  In this disease, failure of the mitral valve causes heart enlargement and ultimately heart failure.  

Mitral Valve Disease in Dogs

mitral valve disease

Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease is an acquired disease, responsible for 75% of all canine heart disease.

The good news is a team in Japan has developed the ability to perform a surgical repair procedure of the valve via cardiac bypass in dogs, presently achieving a success rate of 87%! The dogs are often able to discontinue all medications after surgery. Unfortunately, the Japanese surgical team are unable to visit the United States regularly.  We really have a need for a successful open-heart program to perform this surgery in the United States.

More good news, at the University of Florida, they have a Veterinary Cardiology team  willing to undertake the training necessary to become proficient at mitral valve repair. This is where you can help! Funding will allow UF to establish this program to perform repair of congenital and acquired heart diseases in dogs that would otherwise have a poor prognosis. 

Dr. Swift

Dr. Simon Swift of the UF Small Animal Hospital and UF College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville Florida.

Drs. Masami Uechi and Sayaka Takeuchi – Jasmine Clinic Japan

Dr. Uechi has successfully performed over 1,000 mitral valve surgeries with over a 92% success rate. We now need to bring this successful surgery to the United States and save many more lives. 

For more information on Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease in Dogs please visit Mighty Hearts Project .

Your support could help advance the future of veterinary medicine and save many pets who suffer from this devastating disease.  Your donation goes directly to the University of Florida – Mandy’s Mission Fund for equipment and training to perform this mitral valve procedure and to save the lives of your pet.  Please give generously.  Thank you.