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Treating the Critically Ill Cat with DKA: The Do’s and Don’ts

Please note:If you were an attendee at this NAVC Conference and received a general CE certificate, please be sure to check with your state licensing bureau regarding your eligibility to receive online credit for an individual session.Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is complicated no matter how you look at it. But avoiding some common treatment pitfalls can increase your chances of success. This case-based session discusses some “do’s” and “don’ts” for managing feline DKA.Supported and produced by...

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Practical Transfusion Medicine: You Can Do This!

Transfusion medicine is an important part of managing the critical patient. It is very impactful to the clinical picture and is often lifesaving. This discussion will focus on the common indications, pitfalls and barriers for transfusion medicine in small animal practice. Indications and collection and administration techniques will be covered, with emphasis on applicability for those in general practice. The special considerations for the administration of red blood cell products and plasma...

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Hipoalbuminemia en el paciente séptico. Papel y estrategias de restitución

La albúmina es una de las proteínas más importantes y ampliamente estudiadas en medicina humana. Ello se debe al fundamental y múltiple rol que desempeña esta proteína en el organismo. Entre las principales funciones de la albúmina cabe destacar: el mantenimiento de la presión coloidosmótica plasmática, transporte de sustancias diversas, regulación del equilibrio ácido-base del organismo, mediación hemostática, inhibición del daño oxidativo asociado a estados inflamatorios así como el...

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Equine Essentials: Case Report: Rehabilitating a Foal After Trauma

A 3-week-old, 262-lb (119-kg) Gypsy Vanner filly was found recumbent at pasture and unable to rise. To expedite medical treatment, the foal was transported directly to the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) without the mare, which was delivered on day 2.GlossaryBorborygmi—audible gurgling noises due to gas and fluid moving through the intestinesGuaifenesin—a centrally acting muscle relaxant used in many equine anesthetic procedures; the drug causes muscle...

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Practical Transfusion Medicine: You Can Do This!

Transfusion medicine is an important part of managing the critical patient. It is very impactful to the clinical picture and is often lifesaving. This discussion will focus on the common indications, pitfalls and barriers for transfusion medicine in small animal practice. Indications and collection and administration techniques will be covered, with emphasis on applicability for those in general practice. The special considerations for the administration of red blood cell products and plasma...

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Colloid Therapy: Should We or Shouldn’t We?

chapter-061 To view a presentation, you must have the latest version of Flash or a browser that supports HTML5 OVERVIEW Fluid therapy is a cornerstone of treatment for emergent and critically ill dogs and cats. Dogs and cats presenting in shock need intravenous fluid therapy for restoration of adequate intravascular volume and maintenance of tissue perfusion. Many critical illnesses cause a state of hypoperfusion, leading to organ dysfunction, which can then progress to...

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How To Tackle a Thoracocentesis

chapter-058 To view a presentation, you must have the latest version of Flash or a browser that supports HTML5 A thoracocentesis is often life-saving, and should be performed immediately in any dyspneic patient that is suspected of having pleural space disease. The thoracocentesis should be performed cranial to the rib, as the blood vessels and nerves lie caudal to the rib (“hiding” behind the rib). Thoracocentesis should be performed at the 7th to 9th intercostal space (ICS...

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Belly Aching: A Plan for Dealing With Acute Abdominal Emergencies

It is often difficult to interpret what is going on when dogs present with abdominal pain and distention. This session would step through clinically based information on how to form problem-solving schemes to manage these cases from beginning to end. Exam, diagnostic, medical support and surgical procedures will be examined and will include clinical treatment options for cases such as hemoabdomens, foreign body obstructions and septic abdomens. Download the PDF of Belly Aching: A...

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Breathing is Critical: Prioritizing & Treating Upper & Lower Respiratory Tract Emergencies

Emergencies involving the respiratory system are often variable and it is often difficult to prioritize assessment and therapeutic tactics. This session would examine physical exam schemes and the “next best step”. Diagnostic topics will include radiographic interpretations, some blood work interpretations, chest taps and general support for the respiratory system. Surgical topics will include the placement of tracheotomy and chest tubes. Download the PDF of Breathing is Critical:...

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Refeeding Syndrome

Proceedings of the NAVC Conference A phenomenon has been noted in historical records in humans describing epidemics of death when starving people gained access to food. When allowed to engorge themselves, they became severely ill and died. Those people that did not engorge themselves, but consumed small amounts of food did not suffer the same fate.1 Not until the liberation of Holocaust victims in WWII were they able to identify the cause of death, and why this only occurred to those people...

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