Here are some of the drugs we use in cardiology, along with our preferred doses. For more detailed information regarding uses, contra-indications and side-effects the reader should consult appropriate texts or product data sheets.
Many of these drugs or doses are off-licence but are supported by published research and/or clinical experience. In all cases owners should be informed that the drug is used off license and the relative benefits and possible side effects should be discussed. However, to offer the animal the best care we feel that off license drug use is essential in selected cases.
These recommendations and dose rates are are just guidelines. Appropriate use of all medications is the responsibility of the attending veterinary surgeon.
IV Intravenous, IM Intramuscular, PO per os, LV left ventricle, MR Mitral regurgitation, CHF Congestive heart failure, ACE Angiotensin-converting enzyme, DMVD Degenerative mitral valve disease, DCM Dilated cardiomyopathy, PH Pumonary hypertension, ECG Electrocardiogram, GI Gastrointestinal, SVT Supraventricular tachycardia, VT Ventricular tachycardia, PG pressure gradient, AVB Atrioventricular block, mg milligram, EBM Evidence based medicine