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Hole in heart

Medical name: Atrial septal defect


  • Stressful breathing
  • Easily worn out
  • Unconsciousness


An atrial septal defect in pets refers to a hole in your pet’s heart. An atrial septal defect is a type of congential heart defect, meaning that the condition was present was your pet was born. An atrila septal defect is most commonly characterized by labored or distressed breathing, and your pet may experience periods of being easily worn out, or even unconscious. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from an atrial septal defect, your vet may order an echocardiogram, which can reveal the defect, in order to treat accordingly.

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