Investigating the Dyspnoeic Cat - Conscious, Sedated or Asleep?

Category: Emergency Club


Alessandra Mathis DVM CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS
European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

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About The Webinar

The presentation of a dyspnoeic cat is a common emergency in general practice. Often these patients are very vulnerable and incorrect management could ‘tip them over the edge’ with dramatic consequences. Most cats may require some sort of chemical restraint to allow investigations to be performed. Due to the fragile state of these patients, the choice of the correct protocol is of paramount importance. What to do before sedating these patients? Would general anaesthesia be better than sedation? This webinar explains how best to approach the dyspnoeic cat, from its triage to its stabilisation and examination which are fundamental prior to sedating these patients. A logical step by step approach is critical for patient survival. Different types of chemical restraint will be described, together with their pro and cons and how to tailor them to each patient.

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