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Congenital heart disease - ventricular septal defect (VSD) Owner Factsheet

Ventricular septal defect (VSD) is one of the more common congenital heart defects in dogs. It is sometimes referred to as a hole in the heart. The condition is often discovered in apparently healthy dogs by a vet during a routine examination (such as before vaccination).

If your vet identifies a heart murmur in your puppy it is essential to have further investigation to establish the cause of the murmur so that appropriate treatment can be given early.

What is a ventricular septal defect?

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How would I know if my dog has a ventricular septal defect?

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

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Will my dog get better?

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Can a ventricular septal defect be treated?

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How long will my dog live?

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