Species affected: Dogs, Cats
Background: Chylothorax may be associated with heart disease and cancer, but is usually idiopathic.
Symptoms: Dyspnea, abnormal posture, characteristic lack of normal lung sounds and loss of percussiveness to the chest.
Diagnostics: A microscopic exam confirms the diagnosis. The fluid is white, opaque, of a lymphatic fluid consistency.
Special Notes: The chest must be drained with a needle to relieve pressure on the lungs.
Principles for Supplementation: The only specific treatment for idiopathic chylothorax is Rutin, 50 mg/kg divided daily.