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

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Explained:

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

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

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

Dilated Cardiomyopathy Explained:

A common cause of congestive heart failure in large breed dogs

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Explained:

A common cause of a loud heart murmurs in puppies

Pulmonic Stenosis (PS) Explained:

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

Sub-aortic Stenosis (SAS) Explained:

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

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

Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Explained:

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


Cat Heart Disease

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Explained:

The most common cause of cardiac disease in cats

Restrictive Cardiomyopathy (RCM) Explained:

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


Respiratory Disease

Chronic Bronchitis Explained:

A common cause of coughing in older dogs

Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Explained:

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


Regional Clinics

University of Melbourne Vet Hospital Werribee

Every Wednesday morning

(unless a public holiday)

For bookings at UVet Werribee, please call UVet direct on 03 9731 2000

West - between Melbourne & Kyneton/Ballarat

First Friday of each month

7 Feb, 6 Mar, 3 Apr, 1 May

(unless a public holiday)

North - between Melbourne & Shepparton

Last Friday of each month

29th Nov, 31 Jan, 28 Feb, 27 Mar, 24 April, 29 May

(unless a public holiday)

East - between Melbourne & Morwell/Sale

Third Friday of each month

20 Dec, 24 Jan, 21 Feb, 20 Mar, 17 Apr, 15 May

(unless a public holiday)

Adelaide - AAERC Kurralta Park

Second Friday of each month

13 Dec, 10 Jan, 14 Feb, 13 Mar

(unless a public holiday)

For bookings at the AAERC, please call the AAERC direct on (08) 8371 0333