Conference Programme


Evidence-Based Guide to CHF Management

Apr 20, 2020
Clinical Theater 1

Canine valvular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of heart disease and heart failure in the dog. Older small breed dogs are predisposed, but older large breeds are also at risk. Progression of the preclinical stage of CVD is typically slow, however some individual dogs may experience more rapid progression. The clinical stage is characterized by congestive heart failure and associated clinical signs. Treatment recommendations for CVD are stage based and predominantly evidence based. This session will guide attendees through a practical approach to diagnosis and treatment that emphasizes the published evidence that supports current recommendations. Attendees will gain confidence in the recommendations and how to incorporate them into clinical practice. Emphasis will be on the recommendations of the 2019 new ACVIM consensus statement recommendations for CVD.

  • -Review evidence based recommendations for treatment of dogs with congestive heart failure secondary to canine valvular disease
  • -Review the new evidence based recommendations for diagnosis, staging and treatment of dogs with preclinical canine valvular disease
  • -Know how to incorporate the current recommendations into clinical practice
Sonya Gordon, DVM DVSc DACVIM cardiology, Professor Veterinary Cardiology - Texas A&M University