The Diagnosis and Management of Age-Related Veterinary Cardiovascular Disease

Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, 4474 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4474, USA.
Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice (Impact Factor: 0.82). 07/2012; 42(4):655-68, vi. DOI: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2012.04.005
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The American Veterinary Medical Association reported 81.7 million cats and 72.1 million dogs in the United States, with more than 10% over 11 years of age. Disorders of the cardiovascular system are one of the most commonly encountered disease entities in the aging pet population. This article reviews the diseases affecting older cats and dogs including how to make the diagnosis and when to treat while keeping in mind the unique aspects of comorbid conditions and polypharmacy situations encountered while managing pets with cardiovascular disease.

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