By Mike Davies
Consultant to remedy of the getting older cat or puppy, for veterinarians. Discusses health-care issues particular to aged animals. Softcover.
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Reduced renal blood flow stimulates the reninangiotensin-aldosterone-antidiuretic hormone (ADH) pathway causing sodium and water retention increasing preload and afterload. Increased sympathetic tone also increases preload, and results in peripheral vasoconstruction further reducing Library of veterinary practice 33 Canine and Feline Geriatrics Mike Davies cardiac output. Congestive heart failure eventually develops. Clinical findings (1) weakness (2) congestive heart failure (3) syncope (4) pale membranes, prolonged capillary refill times (5) ascites, hepatosplenomaegaly (6) mitral murmur (7) weight loss (8) arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation often - but not in boxers) (9) cardiomegaly on radiographs (10) ECG changes.
V. infusion at 20 µg/ kg per mm. B. Cats are very sensitive to neuroexcitatory side-effects). Dose should be reduced in the presence of congestive heart failure. Route of excretion: hepatic. Propranolol and cimetidine both decrease hepatic blood flow and could predispose to toxicity if used simultaneously. d. Library of veterinary practice 56 Canine and Feline Geriatrics Mike Davies lass II antiarrhythmics Beta-blockers which inhibit sympathetic activity. They decrease SA node rate and prolong AV node conduction.
4 Sodium content of special diets available for the management of cardiac disease in cats and dogs. 10 (dry matter) 155 (as fed) The daily sodium intake is dependent upon the energy density of the food as well as the amount of sodium in the diet. The higher the energy density the less food is needed, so a high energy, low salt diet is recom When changing from a relatively high salt diet, it is best to introduce the new food gradually over a period of 10-14 days, and tit-bits and snacks must be avoided as these are often high in salt content.