Neonates Are Not Just Small Adults! Physiological Differences and How to Recognise and Deal With Shock and Dehydration

Category: Emergency Club


Chiara Valtolina DVM, Dipl ACVECC, Dipl ECVECC
Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Utrecht University.

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About The Webinar

Neonates and pediatric patients (puppy and kittens) are often presented as emergency and it is our task as emergency clinicians, to recognize rapidly life threatening underlying problems, like hypoglycaemia and shock, so that stabilization can be promptly initiated.

What we often tend to forget, is that crucial differences exist in neonatal and pediatric patients in regards to the evaluation and interpretation of the cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological parameters, in the haematology and biochemistry parameters and drug therapy metabolism, when compared to an adult patient.

It is for this reason essential for the emergency and critical care veterinarian to recognize and be aware of these differences when dealing with neonatal or pediatric patients.

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