The records of 16 dogs with left ventricular dysfunction associated with severe systemic illness were reviewed. The most common diagnoses in affected dogs were sepsis and cancer. Despite left ventricular dysfunction, no dog presented with signs of congestive heart failure. Fifteen dogs were presented with generalized weakness as a part of their clinical complaint. Twelve (75%) of 16 dogs died or were euthanized within 15 days of admission to the hospital. The average time until death was 3.6 days.

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