Disease Explanations

Below is a list of common cardiorespiratory diseases with links to hand outs that can be printed for owner information. 

Dog Heart Disease

Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) Explained:

A possible cause for arrhythmias and collapse in Boxers

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Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Explained:

A common cause of an arrhythmia in dogs with atrial enlargement due to degenerative valve disease or dilated cardiomyopathy

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Degenerative Valve Disease/Mitral Valve Disease (DVD/MVD):

The most common heart disease in dogs especially prevalent in older small breed dogs.

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Dilated Cardiomyopathy Explained:

A common cause of congestive heart failure in large breed dogs

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Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Explained:

A common cause of a loud heart murmurs in puppies

click here for PDA PDF


Pulmonic Stenosis (PS) Explained:

Pulmonic stenosis is the third most common congenital heart disease in dogs.

click here for PS PDF


Sub-aortic Stenosis (SAS) Explained:

The most common congenital canine heart disease and a common cause of murmurs in young large breed dogs

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Third Degree Atrioventricular Block (3o AV block) Explained:

Third degree AV block is also know as complete heart block and is the most common cause for pacemaker implantation in older dogs

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Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Explained:

A ventricular septal defect is also more commonly known as a 'hole in the heart'

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Cat Heart Disease

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Explained:

The most common cause of cardiac disease in cats

click here for HCM PDF


Restrictive Cardiomyopathy (RCM) Explained:

Restrictive cardiomyopathy appears more prevalent in oriental breeds especially Siamese and Burmese

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Respiratory Disease

Chronic Bronchitis Explained:

A common cause of coughing in older dogs

click here for chronic bronchitis PDF


Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Explained:

An increasingly recognised cause of fainting/collapse (syncope) in dogs with severe heart or lung disease

click here for PH PDF

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