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  • Ten percent of dogs are affected with heart disease.
    Ten percent of dogs are affected with heart disease.
  • Most times, medications can improve the quality of life for dogs with heart disease.
    Most times, medications can improve the quality of life for dogs with heart disease.
  • Some breeds have a predisposition for heart problems and benefit from routine screening.
    Some breeds have a predisposition for heart problems and benefit from routine screening.
  • Up to one in six cats have heart disease.
    Up to one in six cats have heart disease.

Pericardiocentesis

Removal of fluid from the sac around the heart (pericardial effusion). Pericardiocentesis can be an emergency procedure, as pericardial effusion can cause shock. The patient is monitored by ECG while local anesthesia is given as well as sedation in some patients, then a large catheter is advanced into the pericardial space. Fluid is then drained and analyzed.