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Extracorporeal Ultrafiltration Therapy in Dogs with Congestive Heart Failure

R.S. Ghag, M.N. Unny, N.P. Usha, S. Ajithkumar, K.D. John Martin and M. Shynu

College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur-680651, Kerala.

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal November 2020: 97 (11) - pages 31 to 35
(Received: August, 2021, Accepted: November, 2021)


The objective of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of extracorporeal ultrafiltration in dogs with congestive heart failure. This study was carried out in six dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy having congestive heart failure and volume overload. Ultrafiltration rate was estimated on the basis of per cent over-hydration present in these dogs Blood flow rate varied between 100 to 150 ml/min in this study. Anticoagulation status was achieved using unfractionated heparin at loading and maintenance doses for all the procedures. The ultrafiltration technique was successful in alleviating volume overload. Four out of the six dogs of this study had favourable prognosis.

Key Words: Ultrafiltration, Dilated cardiomyopathy, Congestive Heart Failure

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