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Cardiomyopathy in horses

September 7th, 2011, 05:53 PM
Just curious if anyone here has any experience with cardiomyopathy in any animal as I know that there are few members here with horses.
My old guy Calvin has had a rough summer with not being able to keep weight on.
Had the vet out last week to float his teeth and give him a thorough check up. He has a strong heart beat and it does its "lub dub" just irregularly.
We are currently debating trailering him 9 hours to Guelph for further examination of it but may just get an ultrasound done because he does not trailer very well to begin with.
I have no knowledge of cardio problems in most animals, Bailey had a heart problem and was on some kind of suppliment ( I have to look through my reciepts to see what it was exactly) but he was a cocker spaniel as apposed to a 28 year old Hanoverian horse.
Just looking for any information about cardiomyopathy as well as any experiences with it so I can learn more about it.

September 7th, 2011, 11:51 PM
No real experience other than minor heart murmurs in both a dog & cat which didn't require treatment/supplements, but I found these: from

:goodvibes: for Calvin

September 8th, 2011, 12:26 AM
28 would be very old for that type of horse, wouldn't it, Erykah? Did the vet actually mention the possibility of cardiomyopathy? I had two female ACDs with dilated cardiomyopathy and the symptoms were much worse than just losing weight. Made me declare I would never run on another dog that got that diagnosis. Even with med's it's a long lingering downward spiral and they are virtually slowly drowning..

September 8th, 2011, 04:30 PM
Erykah,I am very sorry to hear that,knowing zilch about horses,I thought 28yrs is not all that old,but I guess I am wrong.
Calvin is so beautiful,I hope you're able to get him some help:pray:

September 8th, 2011, 06:36 PM
I am sorry I now nothing about horses other than I love them! :thumbs up

I hope you find a solution for Calvin soon!

September 8th, 2011, 08:36 PM
Chico, my grey Welsh Mountain mare didn't quite live as long as her sire did. With no doubt the best of care, at the leading WM stud in the State , he got to 32, she only made 30, but that is a long life for a pony, and often big horses don't live as long. For instance our 15hh hackney dropped dead at 24. There again, Hanovarians might go to 40 for all I know. Doubt it, but great if they did. :)

September 8th, 2011, 08:52 PM
Hanoverians are the same as most horses and 30 is old to them. 25 is usually 'the' age.
Thanks for the links growler, I will read through them when I have a few spare minutes.

September 9th, 2011, 03:05 PM
My old guy (in my avatar) lived into his thirties with a heart murmur. He never lost weight because we had him on soaked Blue Seal pellets, he had regular teeth floats, but would get out of breath easily. He could not tolerate heat and always had access to cool shady areas.... and then one late summer day he just stopped eating. Vet came and agreed that we "let him go".
Best wishes with this. It is so damn hard to say Good Bye.
(28 is superb for a Hanoverian)