Emergency Medicine/Critical Care

The Healing Power of Fish Skin for a Dog Named Stella

Stella, a 1-year-old Rottweiler, sustained multiple injuries from a house fire. However, thanks to the help from a myriad of veterinary team members at Michigan State University, Stella recovered from most of her burns due to the treatment of fish skins.

Richard Lichter and Dean Andrew Hoffman shake hands before cutting the ribbon at the dedication of the Richard Lichter Emergency Room.

Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital Opens Its New $2.7 Million Emergency Room

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine—a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care—recently opened the Richard Lichter Emergency Room thanks to the generous donation made by Richard Lichter, a member of Penn Vet’s Board of Overseers and co-chair of The Power of Penn Vet Campaign. The massive expansion will directly benefit the multitudes of sick and injured animals that come through the hospital every day.

How I Treat Pneumothorax: An Interview with Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro

Elisa Mazzaferro, DVM, PhD, DACVECC Staff Criticalist, Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency-Critical Care, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Today’s Veterinary Practice “How I Treat” column is based on the popular How I Treat sessions presented at the annual NAVC Conference (now VMX) in Orlando, Florida (navc.com/conference). This column features …

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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 …

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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 …

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Epileptic Emergencies: Status Epilepticus in Canine Patients

Oriana D. Scislowicz, BS, LVT CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets, Richmond, Virginia Status epilepticus (SE) is characterized by epileptic seizures that continue for more than 5 minutes, or the occurrence of more than 1 seizure within a 5-minute period in which the human or animal does not return to “normal” in between seizures. Some seizures …

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Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome & Sepsis, Part 2: Stabilization & Treatment

Erin McGowan, VMD, and Deborah Silverstein, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC University of Pennsylvania Early recognition of patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and sepsis is imperative in order to optimize the chance of patient survival. Early intervention is then necessary to minimize further tissue ischemia, cellular damage, and organ injury. Part 1 of this series—Systemic …

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