Charles Louis Davis and Samuel Wesley Thompson DVM Foundation

For the Advancement of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology

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  • SPECIES:
    • WILDLIFE
  • SYSTEM:
    • CARDIOVASCULAR
  • ORGAN:
    • HEART
  • DIAGNOSIS:
    • CARDIOMYOPATHY; SEA OTTER
  • CONTRIBUTOR:
    • WILLIAMS
  • INSTITUTION:
    • Auburn University
  • GENPATH:
    • DEGENERATION
  • COMMENTS:
    • Cardiomyopathy has been identified in one review as the third most common primary cause of death in Southern sea otters, but is rare in Alaskan sea otters. Lymphocytic myocarditis has been seen in a number of cases. Domoic acid intoxication has been purported to be a risk factor in sea otters; the lesion is similar to that seen in domoic acid-intoxicated California sea lions.