Medical management of dilated cardiomyopathy in livingstone fruit bats (Pteropus livingstonii)
Drane, Aimee L.
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Eleven cases of dilated cardiomyopathy have been diagnosed and treated in captive Livingstone fruit bats ( Pteropus livingstonii) in the United Kingdom over the past 7 yr. All but one case received treatment with a diuretic plus an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI), and, or pimobendan. One case is still under treatment with pimobendan alone, following diagnosis before onset of clinical signs. Diuretic treatment consisted of furosemide at a dose rate of 0.5-5 mg/kg, one to three times daily, and, or spironolactone at a dose rate of 1-4 mg/kg, once or twice daily. When used, the ACEI imidapril was given at a dose rate of 0.24-0.38 mg/kg q 24 hr, and pimobendan at a dose rate of 0.2-0.5 mg/kg bid. This report is intended to provide anyone seeking to medically manage heart failure in Pteropus species, particularly P. livingstonii, with a review of drugs and doses that have been used.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine;
Killick, R., Barbon, A.R., Barrows, M., Routh, A., Saunders, R., Day, C., Naylor, A., Hayward, N., Sewell, D., Borgeat, K., Drane, A.L., Wilkie, L. (2017) 'Medical management of dilated cardiomyopathy in livingstone fruit bats (Pteropus livingstonii)', Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 48(4), pp.1077-1080
This article was published in Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine on December 01 2017 (online), available at https://doi.org/10.1638/2016-0211.1. An Open Access version of the article is not available in this repository.
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