Cardiology

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Feline Medicine Sedation for Cats with Cardiovascular Disease

MINIMIZING ANESTHESIA RISKS There are no safe sedative or anesthetic drugs, just safe delivery practices. Cats represent a large part of the US pet population; as of 2012, the approximately 74.1 million cats outnumbered the approximately 69.9 million dogs in this country. Although these numbers represent an overall decline in dog and cat populations, the …

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Pimobendan and Heart Disease

Pimobendan is a benzimidazole-pyridazinone derivative, labeled for use in dogs to manage congestive heart failure (CHF) resulting from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) or degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) in the United States. On the basis of its positive inotropic effects combined with arteriovenous dilation, it is classified as an inodilator.1 In this article, we provide relevant …

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Congestive Heart Failure in Canines

Simon Swift, MA, VetMB, CertSAC, DECVIM (Cardiology), MRCVS University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Heart failure is a syndrome of clinical signs that, although well recognized by clinicians, is difficult to define precisely. It involves the heart’s inability to maintain output sufficient to meet the body’s needs, or to do so at normal filling …

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Finding the Balance in Your Patients with Cardiovascular and Renal Disease

Audrey K. Cook, BVM&S, DACVIM, DECVIM, DABVP (Feline) Ashley B. Saunders, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) Texas A&M University Detecting Heart Disease Most heart disease in dogs is unmasked by clues detected during physical examination (eg, murmur, arrhythmia, or jugular pulses). Cardiovascular and renal disease are commonly diagnosed in cats and dogs; incidence increases with patient age. …

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