By Mike Davies

Consultant to therapy of the getting older cat or puppy, for veterinarians. Discusses health-care themes particular to aged animals. Softcover.

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Hypokalaemia may potentiate the toxic effects of digitalis glycosides. g. ascites. Library of veterinary practice 44 Canine and Feline Geriatrics Mike Davies Dietary recommendations Compared with a maintenance ration the basic profile of a diet for a geriatric animal with heart disease should be: • • • • • • • • low sodium high energy density increased water soluble vitamins* increased trace elements* increased potassium † high palatability high digestibility high biological value ingredients. * In the presence of increased diuresis † Care if using potassium-sparing diuretics.

Indicated for conheart failure. Contraindications Renal impairment. Side-effects Hypotension, renal failure, gastrointestinal disorders, anorexia. Dose Start with low doses due to hypotensive effects. d. orally. d. orally. Library of veterinary practice 49 Canine and Feline Geriatrics Mike Davies Enalapril maleate Indicated for the treatment of congestive heart failure in dogs caused by mitral regurgitation or dilated cardiomyopathy as an adjunctive therapy with diuretics. To improve exercise tolerance and increase survival in dogs with moderate or several congestive heart failure.

As further support of this hypothesis the administration of hormones thymic peptides and some drugs can improve declining immune function thus improving resistance to infections, neoplasia and autoimmune disorders In old dogs the administration of clonidine (an α 2-adrenergic agonist) increases the pulsatile secretion of growth hormone returning it to a young dog type of pattern. Furthermore administration of clonidine with growth hormone releasing hormone for 10 days significanily increases both the peak concentration and total amount of growth hormone released.

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