Vito is an almost 7-year-old alaskan malamute that was presented to Sawgrass Veterinary Cardiology back in 2018 and was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy as well as atrial fibrillation.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a genetic disease that causes the muscle cells in the heart to weaken, and causes the heart to not pump properly. This improper pumping can cause arrhythmias (abnormal heart beats) as well as heart failure in dogs.
Majority of cases of DCM have an average life expectancy of 6-8 months once an episode of heart failure has occurred. But Vito has been treated now for 2 years! He is currently on his last evaluation, and his heart is pumping the strongest it’s ever been thanks to Dr. Carpenter! Vito has been feeling (and looking) great!