Radiograph of a seven-year-old terrier

Plate 2 Radiography of a seven-year-old terrier with exercise intolerance and a mitral murmur showing cardiac enlargement, dorsal evelation of the trachea, straightening of the caudal cardiac border, hepatomegaly, and abdominal distension with generalised 'ground glass' homogenous radiodensity obscuring soft tissue detail except for gas in the intestine lumen.
The radiograph also shows that this animal is in poor body condition - there is little muscle mass or fat over the dorsal spinous processes of the spine.

Nutritional support is needed and there is sufficent evidence on this radiograph to warrant full screening for renal and hepatic function prior to the administration of theraputic agents.