Information sheets

Below are some useful links and leaflets for owners with pets affected by cardiac or respiratory disease. Click on the PDF icon to download your chosen information sheet.

Measuring sleeping respiratory rate at home is a useful way for owners to monitor their pets for development of congestive heart failure. 

Cardiac Disease

Dilated cardiomyopathy or DCM is a heart muscle disease which typically affects large breeds of dog.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or HCM is a heart muscle disease affecting cats of any age or breed.

Degenerative mitral valve disease commonly occurs in older dogs which causes the main heart valves to leak

Pericardial effusion is the name for a build-up of fluid around the heart, which usually requires emergency drainage.

Syncope or fainting can occur for a number of reasons.

Aortic thrombo-embolism is a blood clot which becomes lodged in the main blood vessels leaving the heart.

Cardiac Interventions / surgery

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