Use of Pimobendan in Dogs with Pre-clinical Degenerative Valve Disease & Cardiomegaly

Pimobendan helps prolong the symptom-free period for dogs with pre-clinical degenerative valve disease and cardiomegaly – EPIC Trial results. The EPIC (Evaluation of Pimobendan In dogs with Cardiomegaly caused by preclinical mitral valve disease) Trial results have been published and look to propose new recommendations for dogs with heart enlargement secondary to degenerative valve disease that have not yet developed congestive heart failure (Stage B2 dogs).1  To date, this represents the largest (360 dogs) prospective,…

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What is the Best Age to Perform Spays & Neuters?

There is an increasing, though controversial, body of evidence calling into question the pros and cons that early spay/neuter may have on cats and dogs.  The AVMA, “supports the concept of pediatric spay/neuter in dogs and cats in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals of these species.”   Our professional association also advises that, “veterinarians should use their best professional judgment based on the current scientific literature in deciding at what age spay/neuter…

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Best Postoperative Antibiotic Choice for Cats and Dogs Having Gastrointestinal Surgery

What is the Best Postoperative Antibiotic Choice for Cats and Dogs Having Gastrointestinal surgery?   There is no “one size fits all” answer.  Gastrointestinal surgery is clean-contaminated.  For the majority of clean-contaminated procedures, perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis is all that is necessary.  In our hospitals, Cefazolin given at induction (<30 minutes before skin incision) and every 90 minutes for procedures lasting that long is the norm. The continuation of antibiotic therapy beyond this duration does nothing…

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