Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
Supportive Feeding Methods for Small Animals
The nutritional goal with all sick companion animals is that they consume the designated diet in sufficient quantities. Many patients may require, or benefit from, a veterinary therapeutic diet, but your initial goal is to ensure that the patient is receiving its daily caloric requirement from a nutritionally balanced diet.
Providing Care for Dogs with Heatstroke
Because every second counts: A discussion of the physiology of normal thermoregulation and the pathophysiology of heatstroke in dogs; plus, how to recognize, treat, and care for the heatstroke patient.
Critical Components to Successful CPR: The RECOVER Guidelines, Preparedness, and Team
Less than 6% of dogs and cats that experience cardiopulmonary arrest survive to discharge. The veterinary team needs to be well trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and be ready to deliver it. Key aspects include preparedness and prevention, basic and advanced life support, monitoring, and post-arrest care.
Neonatal and pediatric patients differ significantly from their adult counterparts. Veterinary nurses and technicians must understand these patients’ unique physiologic differences and how they affect diagnosis and treatment of emergencies.
Sildenafil Exposure in a Dog
Ingestion of high doses of sildenafil, which is used in both human and veterinary medicine, can affect heart rate and blood pressure. This case report describes the mechanism of action of sildenafil, along with recognition and management of a typical case of sildenafil exposure.
Responding to a Cardiac Emergency: Pericardial Effusion in Canine Patients
This article was originally published in the September/October 2015 “Today’s Technician” column of Today’s Veterinary Practice. Today’s Veterinary Practice is the NAVC’s official, peer-reviewed journal for veterinarians. You can find the full list of “Today’s Technician” articles on the Today’s Veterinary Practice website. Pericardial effusion is considered a cardiac emergency situation that is most commonly seen in …
Crash Carts: Preparation and Maintenance
Emergencies cannot be predicted, but they can be anticipated. Learn how to create and stock a crash cart to prepare for the kinds of emergencies your clinic typically handles.
Heatstroke in Dogs
This article was originally published in the September/October 2014 “Today’s Technician” column of Today’s Veterinary Practice. Today’s Veterinary Practice is the NAVC’s official, peer-reviewed journal for veterinarians. You can find the full list of “Today’s Technician” articles on the Today’s Veterinary Practice website. Heatstroke is a common problem in pets during the summer months, especially …
Pain Recognition and Management in Critical Care Patients
Pain has multiple negative effects that can delay or prevent healing, and veterinary technicians play a central role in pain management. Understanding pain, its consequences, and how it can be addressed helps veterinary technicians ensure that patients are comfortable during hospitalization and when they go home.
Shock: An Overview
Shock is a sequela of trauma and diseases commonly seen in emergency practice, such as heart failure, inflammatory conditions (e.g., pancreatitis), or sepsis.