College of Veterinary Medicine

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Cardiovascular System of the Dog 


The cardiovascular system includes the heart and blood vessels and performs the function of pumping and carrying blood to the rest of the body. The blood contains nutrients and oxygen to provide energy to allow the cells of the body to perform work.

Outside View of the Heart

Inside View of the Heart

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Last Edited: Dec 16, 2014 3:56 PM   

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