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Companion Animal Practice
Pericardial disease in the dog
  1. Mike Martin

    Mike Martin is an RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology and is in referral practice at the Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Centre in Warwickshire. His areas of interest are pericardial disease and interventional cardiology such as pacemaker implantation, balloon valvuloplasty and coil embolisation for patent ductus arteriosus.


PERICARDIAL diseases are not as common as valvular, myocardial or congenital heart diseases. However, they are encountered reasonably frequently in practice and are probably one of the most common causes of right-sided congestive heart failure in dogs. In contrast, clinically significant pericardial disease is rare in the cat. This article focuses on the diagnosis and management of pericardial effusion in the dog.

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