The following handouts, written for clients, provide detailed explanations of the more frequently diagnosed heart conditions in dogs and cats:
- Degenerative Valve Disease (also known as 'myxomatous valve disease'). This is the most common canine heart condition.
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy. This is most frequently seen in large and giant breed dogs.
- Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy. This is predominantly seen in Boxers.
- Pericardial Effusion. A heart condition causing fluid accumulation in the sac surrounding the heart.
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This is the most common heart disease of cats.
- Feline Cardiomyopathy. This handout briefly covers the remaining forms of cardiomyopathy known to affect cats.
- Feline Aortic Thromboembolism. This is a relatively common complication of feline heart disease which causes a sudden paralysis of the hind legs.
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus. A common congenital (in-born) heart defect seen in dogs.
- Pulmonic Stenosis. A frequently diagnosed congenital heart defect in dogs.
- Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis. A common congenital heart condition in large breed dogs.
- Septal Defects. A group of congenital heart defects often known as 'hole in the heart.'
- Atrioventricular Valve Dysplasia. A congenital heart disease affecting the mitral or tricuspid valves.
- Cyanotic Heart Disease. Severe and complex congenital heart problems.
- Atrial Fibrillation. A common form of heart rhythm disturbance leading to an irregular heart beat.
- Bradycardia in Dogs. An abnormally slow heart rate that can cause fainting in some dogs.
- Pulmonary Hypertension. This literally means high blood pressure in the lungs- a common problem in dogs with long standing heart and/or lung disease.
- Chronic Bronchitis. Although not a heart disease, bronchitis is seen concurrently in many cardiac patients.
- Sleeping Respiratory Rate Instructions. This is the most important tool pet owners have for monitoring their dog or cat's heart disease.