Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
Anaphylactic Shock: How to Effectively Diagnose and TreatCE Article
Anaphylaxis is defined as the acute onset of a hypersensitivity reaction causing the release of mediators from mast cells and basophils. Anaphylaxis may be a life-threatening condition that can involve one or more organ systems.
Consider This CaseThe ADR (Ain’t Doing Right) Dog Endocrine Emergencies
The owner reported that Lucky vomited in the car a week earlier when coming home from the groomer. Over the past week, Lucky’s appetite diminished but she seemed thirstier. Lucky had become progressively more lethargic and anorectic over the past 2 days….
From Diagnosis to TreatmentA Case of Canine Acute Pancreatitis
Two days before presentation, Sidney began refusing to eat and became lethargic. At that time, she was taken to her primary care veterinarian; basic blood analysis and urinalysis were performed…
Feline Urethral Obstruction:Diagnosis & Management
Feline UO is a treatable emergency, with a survival rate to discharge higher than 90%, despite the fact that it is potentially life threatening due to severe electrolyte and acid–base imbalances secondary to acute postrenal azotemia/uremia.
APCC Practical ToxicologyIlluminating the Toxicity of Fireworks
It is Fourth of July weekend, and you are prepared for the many unscheduled appointments, from patients with gastroenteritis due to downing hot dogs to those suffering from noise phobia. However, the patients you end up seeing are neither fearful nor full of food. In the exam room, Mrs. Smith explains that her dog ate firecrackers. A technician takes a phone call and reports that Mr. Jones is coming in—his dog ingested sparklers. Then the whole Doe family arrives with their dog: while walking by the river this morning, Fido chewed on remains of the municipal fireworks.
Approach to Respiratory Distress in Dogs & Cats
Managing dogs and cats in respiratory distress is a multifaceted effort that involves stabilizing patients prior to determining a definitive diagnosis. Fortunately, respiratory distress—no matter what the cause—requires somewhat standardized interventions during initial stabilization…
Canine Pediatrics: The Vomiting Puppy
Justine A. Lee, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC & ABT VETgirl (vetgirlontherun.com) Leah A. Cohn, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Missouri JP, a 6-week-old, 3.5-kg intact male pit bull mix, presented for anorexia, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. He had been acquired from a flea market and seemed healthy but thin. HISTORY The …
A Practitioner’s Guide to Fracture Management
Part 2: Selection of Fixation Technique & External Coaptation
Meredith Kapler, DVM North Carolina State University David Dycus, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal) Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group, Annapolis Junction, Maryland Fractures occur commonly in both dogs and cats and, therefore, are frequently seen in general practice. It is important for veterinarians to understand: Fracture biomechanics, classification, and diagnosis Selection of correct …
Responding to a Cardiac Emergency:
Pericardial Effusion in Canine Patients
Oriana D. Scislowicz, BS, LVT CVCA – Cardiac Care for Pets, Richmond, Virginia Pericardial effusion is considered a cardiac emergency situation that is most commonly seen in canine patients. It is very important, especially for veterinary technicians in emergency care facilities, to be able to recognize the signs of pericardial effusion and quickly respond. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY …