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Volume 24(1), Spring 2014

FECAVA lecture

Advances in the therapy of congestive heart failure in dogs and cats

by Jens Häggström, Katja Höglund, Ingrid Ljungvall

What do the experts say?

There is clear consensus about the use of pimobendan and furosemide in dogs with MMVD, but not on digoxin. Click here for a quick overview.


Cats in stress

Cats with cardiomyopathy in acute CHF need special consideration. Some of these cats have very severe signs of dyspnoea, causing the cat to panic. Therefore, some clinical tests, such as thoracic radiographs may have to wait. Sedation may be indicated. Furosemide can also be administered IM or SC and the cat placed in an oxygen tent.

Pimobendan vs. benazepril

Tapping the patient

In animals in acute CHF, mechanical treatments are recommended to remove ...

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What to use when?

The paper provides an update on the latest recommendations for the treatment of congestive cardiac failure in dogs and cat



Myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs, and different forms of cardiomyopathy in cats, may lead to signs of congestive heart failure (CHF). Traditionally, signs of CHF have been treated with a diuretic together with other adjunct therapy, such as digoxin, but very little data from clinical trials was available to support treatment strategies. ...

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