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Drug improves survival in dobermanns with preclinical dilated cardiomyopathy

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THE results of an international study have suggested that there is a clear survival benefit associated with the administration of the drug pimobendan in the preclinical phase of cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dobermanns.

A paper published online in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine this month describes how the global PROTECT study, carried out between 2006 and 2011, found that when pimobendan (Vetmedin; Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health) was administered to dobermanns with preclinical DCM, the onset of heart failure or sudden …

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