Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in an Adult Siberian Husky

Authors

  • P. Porzio DVM,

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    1. *Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
      Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine Western College of Veterinary Medicine University of Saskatchewan 52 Campus Drive Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7N 5B4
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  • J. A. Render DVM, PhD,

    1. **Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory and Department of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University
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  • K. E. Baptiste B.Sc.(Hons.), BVMS

    1. *Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
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Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine Western College of Veterinary Medicine University of Saskatchewan 52 Campus Drive Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7N 5B4

Summary

The clinical features of severe exertional rhabdomyolysis in an athletic dog are reported. Many of the findings were similar to exertional myopathy in humans and horses. Clinical signs included hindlimb myalgia, hypovolemic shock and disseminated intravascular coagulation. Serum enzyme concentrations including creatine kinase, aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotrans- ferase were elevated as a component of the syndrome. Aggressive management and continuous supportive care produced resolution of this life threatening condition.

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