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Tetralogy of Fallot is an uncommon congenital cardiac abnormality that can affect both cats and dogs. As the name indicates, animals with this condition have four characteristic heart defects. These defects are:
In some cases of Tetralogy of Fallot, the pulmonic stenosis is so great, that the easiest path for the blood to take is from the right ventricle, through the hole in the septum to the left ventricle and out the aorta. This blood now on its way to the body has bypassed the lungs and is therefore unoxygenated. This causes a state of low oxygen throughout the animal’s body.
This congenital abnormality can occur in any breed and usually is detected at 2-8 months of age. Severely affected animals die at a very young age. Clinical signs can be highly varied. There can be no signs at all, dyspnea, exercise intolerance, less activity than previously or than a littermate. Cyanosis may culminate in a syncopal (fainting) episode.
Medical management to alleviate clinical signs includes: