EVALUATION OF BED-SIDE LUNG ULTRASOUND FOR EMERGENCIES (THE VET BLUE PROTOCOL) FOR EMERGENCY EVALUATION OF DYSPNEA IN DOGS AND CATS
This project is a clinical study to evaluate the use of lung ultrasound in diagnosis of dyspnea in dogs and cats. The aim of this study is to evaluate a protocol for performing a bedside thoracic ultrasound in dogs and cats presenting to the emergency room for respiratory distress. Respiratory distress is a common presenting complaint in veterinary emergency rooms, and can occur for a variety of reasons. The cardiology section is participating in a multi-center clinical trial evaluating a medical therapy for congestive heart failure in dogs.
Patients will be identified internally during hospital visit.
Diagnosis with mitral valvular insufficiency and resultant heart failure (shortness of breath/cough with accompanying radiographic evidence of pulmonary edema) Only patients which have received medical therapy for congestive heart failure for less than 7 days are eligible for enrollment. Patients will be seen by the NC State cardiologists at the time of enrollment and again at 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months.
The study will provide a $50.00 credit toward your pet’s bill for your participation.