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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.

Thoracocentesis

Removal of fluid from the chest cavity (pleural effusion). Thoracocentesis can be an emergency procedure, as pleural effusion can cause respiratory distress, especially in cats. Removal of the fluid is often necessary to stabilize an animal. After site preparation, a catheter is inserted into the chest cavity and fluid is drained and analyzed.