Pericardial Effusion

Treating the Effects Of Congestive Heart Failure

Relatively uncommon in small animals, pericardial effusion is a life-threatening condition commonly seen in dogs, especially large and giant breeds, and cats. This pericardial disease is characterized by an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the pericardial sac and is caused by congestive heart failure. If your pet is in a state of emergency and exhibiting the signs of this grave condition, let Animal ER Care in Colorado Springs, Colorado, provide the necessary emergency care to save their life.

Medical Condition
Pericardial effusion is a serious condition that can result in death. If the intrapericardial pressure exceeds the right atrium pressure, impairment of the ventricular filling and acute compression of the heart may develop. This ailment is caused by the following conditions:

  • • Cardiac Hemangiosarcoma
    • Congenital Or Acquired Disease
    • Congestive Heart Failure
    • Left Atrial Rupture
    • Peritoneal Pericardial Diaphragmatic Hernia
    • Tumors