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1 March 2011 Cardiomyopathy and Right-sided Congestive Heart Failure in a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
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A 15-year-old female red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) was evaluated because of dyspnea, anorexia, and coelomic distension. Diagnostic imaging results confirmed severe coelomic effusion and revealed a markedly dilated right ventricle. The diagnosis was right-sided congestive heart failure. Results of measurements of vitamin E, selenium, lead, zinc, and cardiac troponin levels were normal or nondiagnostic. The hawk was treated with furosemide, antifungal and antimicrobial agents, and supplemental fluids and oxygen, but euthanasia was elected because of the poor prognosis and the practical difficulties associated with intensive case management. To our knowledge, this is the first described case of cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure in a captive red-tailed hawk.

S. Emmanuelle Knafo, Gregg Rapoport, JAMIE WILLIAMS, Benjamin Brainard, Elizabeth Driskell, Elizabeth Uhl, Sonia Crochik, and Stephen J. Divers "Cardiomyopathy and Right-sided Congestive Heart Failure in a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 25(1), 32-39, (1 March 2011). https://doi.org/10.1647/2009-057.1
Published: 1 March 2011
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