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Boxer cardiomyopathy (arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC)) Owner Factsheet

Boxer cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart disease. The disease affects the heart muscle and can cause the development of arrhythmias, heart failure and sudden death. It would appear there is a marked geographical pattern, with the majority of cases reported in the US and in the UK, but this disease appears to be seen much less frequently in mainland Europe. Screening programmes have been introduced to try to identify affected dogs and remove them from the breeding population.

What is Boxer cardiomyopathy?

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How would I know if my dog had ARVC?

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How will my vet know what is wrong with my dog?

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How can I get my dog screened for ARVC?

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Is exercise bad for my dog?

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Can ARVC be treated?

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How will my dog be monitored?

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What will happen to my dog?

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