Manuel, born in a cat rescue centre, was referred for investigation of a heart murmur picked up by the vet who tested him prior to potential rehoming. He seemed fit and healthy in every other way, but had a loud murmur on the right side of his chest audible with a stethoscope.
EchoDoppler studies showed that there was a hole in the wall between the two sides of his heart (ventricular septal defect) which allowed blood from the left side to flow into the right side causing the abnormal sound. The investigation showed that the pressures in the heart were normal, and that the hole was not having any effect on heart efficiency at this stage. As he was very young it was recommended that he have annual scans to monitor the condition, but he was confirmed fit enough to leave the rescue centre as long as he was housed with owners who would ensure that this was carried out, and who understood that he may need medical treatment for his disease at some stage.
He now has an excellent home and as yet has shown no ill effect from his congenital heart disease.