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Volume 9

News You Can Use – Sick Enough for Lasix, Sick Enough For Pimobendan When ACE Inhibitors first entered veterinary medicine, many doctors hesitated to use them. My former associate, Mark Oyama, would say “If they’re sick enough for Lasix, they’re sick enough for Enacard.” Now ACE Inhibitors are standard in cardiac care and most doctors comfortably prescribe … Read moreVolume 9

Volume 8

News You Can Use – Atrial Fibrillation aka Tennis Shoes in the Dryer Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is a common arrhythmia that can present challenges in diagnosis and management. It is more common the larger the dog and is rare in cats. AFib is usually secondary to serious heart disease with severe atrial enlargement. If there … Read moreVolume 8

Volume 7

News You Can Use – ProBNP and BNP In cardiology, the most useful biomarkers are Idexx proBNP and Antech BNP. Both test for cardiac stretch/stress, which correlates with severity of heart disease. There is even more value in serial tests, which can be done between costlier testing. Trending values are usually compared with other findings … Read moreVolume 7

Volume 6

News You Can Use – Sildenafil is Viagra! Sildenafil, a phosphodiesterase inhibitor, was originally developed to treat Pulmonary Hypertension (PHT), particularly in children. The 20 mg tablet was sold under the trade name Revatio, and was later sold as Viagra for erectile dysfunction in 25, 50, and 100 mg tablets. Today, it is our most … Read moreVolume 6

Volume 5

News You Can Use – What the Heck is PHT? With no obvious physical signs, Pulmonary (arterial) Hypertension (PHT) is more common than previously believed. But what is it? PHT is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. It can lead to right-sided Congestive Heart Failure and a myriad of respiratory or other … Read moreVolume 5

Volume 4

News You Can Use – EPIC Trial Results Fresh from the 2016 ACVIM Forum! The 5+ year EPIC study showed that Pimobendan given to dogs with Stage B2 Mitral Valve Disease delays onset of Congestive Heart Failure an average of 15 months. Stage B2 dogs have a murmur and documented heart enlargement, but no other … Read moreVolume 4

Volume 3

News You Can Use – Lasts Six Hours As a potent diuretic, Furosemide really works for congestive heart failure in dogs! Unfortunately, it can also change urinary habits and contribute to incontinence. It’s called Lasix because it “Lasts-six” hours. With this in mind, we often recommend one dose early morning and a second dose mid-afternoon. … Read moreVolume 3

Volume 2

News You Can Use – Sick Enough for Lasix, Sick Enough For Pimobendan When ACE Inhibitors first entered veterinary medicine, many doctors hesitated to use them. My former associate, Mark Oyama, would say “If they’re sick enough for Lasix, they’re sick enough for Enacard.” Now ACE Inhibitors are standard in cardiac care and most doctors … Read moreVolume 2

Volume 1

News You Can Use – Enalapril and Benazepril Recently, we have all experienced increases in medication costs, which impacts our clients’ ability to treat their pets. Enalapril is an example. Our solution? Benazepril is often much less expensive! These two drugs are essentially interchangeable. There are of course some differences. Benazepril is eliminated about 50% … Read moreVolume 1