Respiratory Distress in the Dog and Cat

Speaker: Elizabeth Thomovsky

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Respiratory Distress in the Dog and Cat


The goal of this presentation is to present a systematic way to approach respiratory distress in the dog and cat for first line responders in emergency situations.  Basic rapid differentiation of the different reasons for respiratory distress in each species is presented along with emergency treatment and stabilization techniques.  Attendees are presented with illustrative case examples using videos as well as radiographs throughout the presentation.

Learning objectives

  1. The attendee should be able to differentiate between upper and lower respiratory tract disease.
  2. The attendee should be able to understand differentials for lower respiratory tract disease that are associated with a noisy versus a quiet auscultation.
  3. The attendee should be comfortable with basic approaches to treatment of upper respiratory tract disease in the acute setting.
  4. The attendee should be comfortable with basic acute treatments of lower respiratory tract disease.
  5. Attendees should gain greater confidence with identifying lower and upper respiratory tract disease clinically and radiographically.