This week’s case is a 10-year-old male neutered Cavalier King Charles spaniel that presents with an acute increase in respiratory effort. This is a classic. What are your findings?
The cardiac silhouette is moderately enlarged, which is most visible on the dorsoventral projection. The left atrium is moderately enlarged. There is an alveolar pulmonary pattern in the caudal lung lobes with visible air bronchograms. The cranial lung lobes and pulmonary vasculature appear normal. There is moderate gas distension of the stomach with some laminar soft tissue foreign material.
Cardiomegaly with left sided heart failure and pulmonary edema, most likely secondary to degenerative valvular disease
- Cardiac failure due to myxomatous mitral and tricuspid valve degeneration.
- Gastric foreign material