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Congestive Heart Failure in Canines

Heart failure is a syndrome of clinical signs that, although well recognized by clinicians, is difficult to define precisely. Treatment of CHF in dogs can be divided into two phases: acute and chronic.

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Finding the Balance in Your Patients with Cardiovascular and Renal Disease

Cardiovascular and renal disease are commonly diagnosed in cats and dogs; incidence increases with patient age. Each condition is irreversible and progressive. These conditions are particularly challenging when they occur simultaneously; what is good for one system may be counterproductive for the other. In this article, we describe the physiologic interactions between these 2 systems, disease classifications, techniques for detecting one condition in the presence of the other, and strategies for managing patients with these co-existing conditions.

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Advances in Feline Cardiac Diagnostics

The diagnosis of cardiac disease in cats can be challenging and may require a combination of history, physical examination, laboratory evaluation, electrocardiography, diagnostic imaging, and systemic workup. This article presents 2 clinical cases, 1 with and 1 without clinical signs of heart disease, to highlight the use of tailored diagnostics to diagnose cardiac disease in …

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Beyond Furosemide: The Role of Diuretics in Congestive Heart Failure Part 2 – Spironolactone

Marisa K. Ames, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology), Colorado State University¬† Clarke E. Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) North Carolina State University Each year, the NAVC Institute takes place in Orlando, Florida, and top specialists in select areas of veterinary medicine provide hands-on, one-on-one continuing education to the Institute attendees. Practical Techniques from …

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Beyond Furosemide: The Role of Diuretics in Congestive Heart Failure Part 1 – Torsemide

Marisa K. Ames, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology) Colorado State University Clarke E. Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) North Carolina State University Each year, the NAVC Institute takes place in Orlando, Florida, and top specialists in select areas of veterinary medicine provide hands-on, one-on-one continuing education to the Institute attendees.Practical Techniques from the …

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Responding to a Cardiac Emergency: Pericardial Effusion in Canine Patients

Oriana D. Scislowicz, BS, LVT CVCA – Cardiac Care for Pets, Richmond, Virginia Pericardial effusion is considered a cardiac emergency situation that is most commonly seen in canine patients. It is very important, especially for veterinary technicians in emergency care facilities, to be able to recognize the signs of pericardial effusion and quickly respond. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY …

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