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An Urban Experience
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FECAVA SYMPOSIUM: HEREDITARY DISEASES
MYXOMATOUS MITRAL VALVE DISEASE IN DOGS: INHERITANCE AND BREEDING SCHEMES
L.H. Olsen1
1University of Copenhagen, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Frederiksberg C, Denmark
INTRODUCTION
Myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) is the most common heart disease in dogs. The disease is seen
as relative benign condition because many dogs with MMVD do not develop clinical signs of congestive heart failure (CHF)1, however it can be challenging to identify MMVD dogs at high risk of developing CHF and cardiac mortality early in life.
The prevalence of MMVD increases with advancing
age and the disease is most common seen in small to medium-size dog breeds including Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS). The mitral valve becomes thickened and/or enlarged leading to mitral valve prolapse (MVP) and mitral regurgitation. The tricuspid valve may also
be affected. Lesions in aortic and pulmonary valves are uncommon.
Early signs of MMVD including MVP and/or thickening of the mitral valve, combined with no or minimal mitral regurgitation. With advancing age, presence of mild to severe mitral regurgitation can become evident, and some dogs develop CHF. The time from recognition of a heart murmur to onset of CHF is estimated to 3 to 5 year. Dogs with CHF receiving cardiac medical therapy live in average for 1 year. Research aimed reducing the prevalence of MMVD in dogs using breeding schemes and studies on genetic background and disease progression have been published the recent years.
GENETIC BACKGROUND
A genetic background of MMVD in dogs has been suggested for long time since a higher prevalence of the MMVD appears in certain dog breeds. Studies have reported strong genetic background with polygenic inheritance. In CKCS, a positive association between parental heart status and mitral regurgitation murmur intensity in 5 year-old offspring has been reported.2 Moreover, a positive association between the degree
of MVP in parents and offspring has been shown in Dachshunds.3 A high heritability for MMVD in CKCS has been estimated from data obtained in a United Kingdom (UK) breeding scheme.4 The heritability
of having a mitral regurgitation murmur and of the grade of murmur intensity were estimated to 0.33 and 0.67, respectively. Genome-wide association studies
have been performed. Interestingly, two gene loci on chromosomes 13 and 14 were found to differ between CKCS with early and late onset of MMVD.5 However, another similar genome-wide association study, including a lower number of CKCS, did not  nd any association between gene loci and MMVD disease severity.6 In Whippet dogs, another dog breed predisposed to MMVD, chromosome 15 was reported to be associated with MMVD.7 Inconsistency between genome wide association studies in dogs with MMVD may be due to differences between dog breeds and/or dog populations.
BREEDING SCHEMES AND RECOMMEDATIONS
Breeding restrictions or recommendations aimed at decreasing the prevalence of MMVD in CKCS have been developed in breeding clubs in different countries. The high heritability of the disease indicates that selection against the disease could be successful.4 Differences between ongoing breeding schemes
exist. Some breeding schemes are mandatory, where others are voluntary, and the schemes include cardiac auscultation or a combination of cardiac auscultation and echocardiography. Parent cardiac information is included in some breeding schemes. Moreover, examination intervals differ between breeding schemes. Some schemes include annual cardiac examinations where as others are based on a more limited number of cardiac examinations during the dog’s lifetime. In some breeding clubs, the cardiac examination results are open to the public, in others the results are only known by the dog owner. It is still unknown how much the above mentioned factors in uence the ef cacy of a breeding scheme aimed at reducing the prevalence of MMVD.
The British voluntary breeding scheme based on auscultation reported an effect in a subgroup of dogs auscultated by general practitioners but only a trend
was reported when the dogs were auscultated by a veterinary cardiologist.8 A mandatory breeding scheme
in Sweden including annual cardiac auscultation and parent information did not result in signi cant effect of the scheme, however the follow-up period was relative short (from 2007 to 2009).9 A mandatory Danish breeding scheme based on auscultation and echocardiography recently reported a decreased risk of having a heart murmur due to MMVD in CKCS over an 8- to 10-year time period.10 In the Danish breeding scheme, the degree of mitral regurgitation was evaluated using auscultation (grade 1-6) and degree of MVP was evaluated by echocardiography (grade 0-3). Risk of having a mitral regurgitation murmur or MVP>1 in 2010-2011 compared with 2002-2003 was evaluated. Included dogs were divided into two groups: Dogs that were products of the breeding scheme (de ned as dogs with both parents approved by the breeding scheme before breeding) and
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