A four-year-old vasectomised Herdwick ram presented with a two-day history of inappetence, lethargy, weakness and exercise intolerance. Clinical examination revealed mild tachypnoea and hyperpnoea and marked tachycardia and pallor. No anaemia was present. Thoracic ultrasonography revealed thickening of the right ventricular wall and increased pericardial and peritoneal fluid. A diagnosis of congestive heart failure was made and the animal was euthanased. Necropsy revealed a subendocardial abscess adjacent to the right atrioventricular valve, the leaflets of which were distorted. The gross appearance of this lesion is similar to that described for valvular ring abscesses in human beings.
- Diagnostic imaging
- Heart failure
- Received January 9, 2015.
- Revision received February 2, 2015.
- Accepted February 15, 2015.
- British Veterinary Association
Statistics from Altmetric.com
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.