EFFECT OF LEFT VS. RIGHT RECUMBENCY ON THE VERTEBRAL HEART SCORE IN NORMAL DOGS

Authors

  • ADELAIDE GRECO,

    1. Veterinary Radiology Centre, School of Veterinary Medicine, Università di Napoli Federico II, Via Delpino 1, 80137, Napoli, Italy,
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  • LEONARDO MEOMARTINO,

    1. Veterinary Radiology Centre, School of Veterinary Medicine, Università di Napoli Federico II, Via Delpino 1, 80137, Napoli, Italy,
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  • VERA RAIANO,

    1. Veterinary Radiology Centre, School of Veterinary Medicine, Università di Napoli Federico II, Via Delpino 1, 80137, Napoli, Italy,
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  • GERARDO FATONE,

    1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Surgery Section, Università di Napoli Federico II, Via Delpino 1, 80137, Napoli, Italy
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  • ARTURO BRUNETTI

    1. Department of Biomorphologic and Functional Science, Medical School, Università di Napoli Federico II, Via Delpino 1, 80137, Napoli, Italy
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Address correspondence and reprint requests to Adelaide Greco, at the above address. E-mail: adegreco@unina.it

Abstract

The effect of right vs. left recumbency on computation of the vertebral heart score (VHS) was assessed in 63 healthy dogs. The VHS was significantly higher in right lateral recumbency (9.8±0.6 vs. 9.5±0.8; P<0.0004). Gender and dog size did not significantly influence VHS values while there was more difference between left and right side measurements when considering the type of thorax (P=0.055).

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