Reference : Association between vertebral heart score measurement and overweight condition in dogs
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Life sciences : Veterinary medicine & animal health
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/202183
Association between vertebral heart score measurement and overweight condition in dogs
English
François, Marion mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Dép. clinique des animaux de compagnie et des équidés (DCA) > Imagerie Médicale > >]
Merveille, Anne-Christine mailto [Université de Liège > Dép. clinique des animaux de compagnie et des équidés (DCA) > Pathologie médicale des petits animaux >]
Mc Entee, Kathleen mailto [Université de Liège > Dép. clinique des animaux de compagnie et des équidés (DCA) > Pathologie médicale des petits animaux >]
Bolen, Géraldine mailto [Université de Liège > Dép. clinique des animaux de compagnie et des équidés (DCA) > Imagerie médicale >]
2016
Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound
American College of Veterinary Radiology
Yes (verified by ORBi)
No
International
1058-8183
1740-8261
Raleigh
NC
European Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging annual scientific meeting 2016 (EVDI 2016)
du 31 aout 2016 au 03 septembre 2016
EVDI
Wroclaw
Poland
[en] Heart ; Radiography ; Dogs ; overweight ; VHS
[en] Introduction
Vertebral heart score (VHS) is used to assess heart size on thoracic radiographs. Association between VHS and overweight condition in dogs of different breeds is still unknown. The aim of this study is to determine if VHS is influenced by overweight condition in dogs. The hypothesis is that VHS is influenced by BCS and T4 ratio.


Methods
Recruitment criteria for this retrospective study were the presence of a minimum of 2 thoracic radiographic views and a diagnosis of “normal echocardiographic examination” in medical records from 2013 to 2016. Body weight, BCS and breed were extracted. VHS and overweight condition were calculated. Dogs from breeds with a normal maximal VHS < 11 (group 1) and from breeds with a normal maximal VHS > 11 (group 2) were separated. Statistical analyses were performed using XLStat® software.

Results
Fifty-one dogs were included in the study. Body weight ranged from 3.7 to 44.8 kg and was not recorded in 2 dogs. These dogs were not excluded because of the BCS was recorded for these dogs. BCS ranged from 3 to 9. Thirteen dogs had a VHS value superior to the normal range and all of them had BCS ≥ 4. A weak positive correlation was found between BCS and T4 ratio (P ≤ 0.001, R2=0.4). There was a positive relationship between BCS and VHS (ANCOVA, P ≤ 0.003) for each group and between T4 ratio and VHS for each group (ANCOVA, P ≤ 0.001).


Discussion/Conclusions
This study confirms that the T4 ratio is correlated to BCS evaluated clinically. This ratio could be used to assess overweight condition on thoracic radiographs. VHS is influenced by BCS and the T4 ratio; therefore, VHS should be use with caution in overweighed dogs.
Fundamental and Applied Research for Animals and Health - FARAH
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/202183

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