Point-of-care sonographic right-sided cardiac markers in dogs and cats with and without right-sided congestive heart failure

Area of Study: 

Purpose of Study: 

The purpose of this study is to determine if point-of-care ultrasound will be a useful addition to the diagnostic screening test for dogs and cats with suspected right-sided congestive heart failure.

In order to determine this, we will obtain specific point-of-care ultrasound views in 4 different groups of dogs and cats: (1) patients with right-sided congestive heart failure; (2) patients with left-sided congestive heart failure; (3) patients with cavitary effusions but no right-sided congestive heart failure; and (4) dogs and cats with no effusions or heart disease (normal dogs and cats).

Client Responsibilities: 

If you agree to have your animal participate in this study, the participation will be limited to one appointment.

A veterinarian will perform a point-of-care ultrasound examination while your dog or cat is gently restrained while lying down. Some of the hair on your pet’s chest will be wetted with alcohol (no hair will be shaved) and the veterinarian will hold an ultrasound transducer up to various areas of the chest to obtain images of your pet’s chest and heart. The ultrasound will last approximately 5-10 minutes.

The rest of your dog’s visit will be unaffected by this study. In all cases, an echocardiogram or point-of-care ultrasound examination would have been part of your pet’s recommended diagnostic workup at this visit; for purposes of this study, we will simply save 4-5 specific images in addition to standard views.

Client Benefits: 

There is no cost to you from your animal’s participation in this study and no financial incentive for participation.

For purposes of this study, we are simply asking permission to use ultrasound images of your animal obtained during the course of normal, medically-indicated diagnostic procedures. You will continue to be responsible for all other costs associated with the normal course of treatment, the treatment of any complications that may arise, and unrelated medical conditions.


Dr Jessica Ward: 515-294-4900