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Initial approach to the dyspnoeic cat – Conscious, sedated or anaesthetised?
Wednesday 20 February 2019
Willows Referral Service, Highlands Road, Shirley Solihull B90 4NH
0121 712 7070
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. Also these cats may require some sort of chemical restraint to allow investigations to be performed. Due to the fragile state of these patients, correct decision making is paramount. What to do before sedating these patients? Would general anaesthesia be better than sedation?
During this evening forum, an ECC Specialist and an anaesthesia Specialist will explain the best approach to the dyspnoeic cat, from the triage phase to the 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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