PetMD Seal

Heart Sac Inflammation (Pericarditis) in Dogs

4 min read



Treatment will depend on the underlying cause of the pericarditis. All dogs with this disease will need to be hospitalized in an intensive care unit. Chemotherapy will be prescribed if there are cancerous neoplastic (abnormal tissue growth) conditions, and bacterial infections will be treated with the appropriate antibiotics. A pericardectomy surgery to remove part of the pericardium may also be necessary.


Living and Management


This condition will sometimes reoccur. If signs of illness return at anytime after taking your dog home, call your veterinarian immediately for advisement.



Related Articles

Fluid Buildup in the Sac Surrounding the Heart in Dogs

Pericardial effusion is a condition in which an abnormally large amount of fluid collects in the pericardial sac that surrounds the dog's heart...

Artery Inflammation in Dogs

Juvenile polyarteritis, also referred to medically as beagle pain syndrome, is a systemic disease that is seemingly of genetic origin, affecting...

Low White Blood Cell Count in Dogs

This genetic disease is found in the stem cells of bone marrow. Sometimes it is called “gray collie disease” by some scientists because it is...

Parasitic Blood Infection (Haemobartonellosis) in Dogs

The mycoplasma is a class of bacterial parasites belonging to the order of Mollicutes. They are able to survive without oxygen, and lack true...