Independent Contractor Arlett Montoya, DVM Redondo Beach, CA, United States
Trauma in dogs and cats is a very common presenting complaint in primary care in addition to the emergency hospital. It is important to be prepared. In this lecture, we will review blunt vs penetrating trauma, and how patients with either may present to your hospital. We will then review how to triage patients with trauma, to include common presenting complaints, fluid therapy plans, analgesia, and point of care testing used in dogs and cats.
Upon completion, participants will be able to understand the definition of trauma, main categories of trauma, and common presentations to the emergency room.
Upon completion, participants will be able to differentiate between injuries seen with blunt vs penetrating trauma.
Upon completion, participants will be able to outline a basic approach to the small animal trauma patient, including definition of triage +primary survey.
Upon completion, participants will be able to understand a general approach to patient diagnostics, treatment, and how to make the decision to refer, including setting expectations with owners and discussions about quality of life.