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Findings associated with cardiac cachexia in dogs with congestive heart failure.

Findings associated with cardiac cachexia in dogs with congestive heart failure.

Retrospective study evaluated 269 dogs with diagnoses of congestive heart failure.. One hundred thirty of 269 dogs (48.3%) had cardiac cachexia based on muscle loss, whereas 67 of 159 dogs (42.1%) with pre-evaluation body weights had cachexia based on weight loss. 

Dogs with cachexia (based on muscle loss) were significantly older, more likely to have a cardiac arrhythmia, had higher chloride concentrations , and had a lower body condition score, hematocrit, hemoglobin, and albumin concentrations. Cachexia, clinically important tachyarrhythmias, azotemia, and being under- or overweight were associated with shorter survival times.

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Clinical and laboratory findings and survival time associated with cardiac cachexia in dogs with congestive heart failure.

Researchers looked at relationships between body weight and other factors in cats

Researchers looked at relationships between body weight and other factors in cats

Compounded Unapproved Animal Drugs from Rapid Equine Solutions Linked to Three Horse Deaths

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