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.
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 …
Anaphylactic Shock: How to Effectively Diagnose and Treat
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.
The 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….
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …