Fluid Therapy in Small Animal Practice
Shock is critical! A patient in undiagnosed or poorly treated shock can develop renal failure, gastrointestinal complications, sepsis and even death! This week we will look at why shock is so important, how to diagnose it, and how to treat it! We’ll explore hypovolaemic, septic and cardiogenic shock, examine fluid types and fluid rates in the management of shock, and what else – other than fluids – we should be doing to avoid the potential for serious complication from too little- or even too much fluid!
This week we’ll look at fluid therapy beyond acute management of shock, to explore how to appropriately rehydrate a patient, manage ongoing fluid losses, and provide for maintenance in a variety of clinical conditions, including diarrhoea, vomiting, and more!
Opinions and evidence on the correct role of fluid therapy in disease conditions such as head trauma, pulmonary contusions, acute oliguria and pancreatitis has changed over recent years – and makes for an interesting, if sometimes confusing read of the scientific literature! This week, we’ll de-code what the literature says, look at some clinical cases in an effort to make some practical sense of things. We’ll also cover a disease-by-disease approach to fluid therapy plans, so you can immediately apply new knowledge to your cases!
This week we will discuss blood gas, electrolyte disorders, blood lactate and transfusion therapy! We’ll look at the blood gases you actually need to know about, the importance and relevance of lactate measurement, and we’ll look at the practical use of transfusion triggers, how much transfusion to give, as well as transfusion reactions. Finally, we’ll look at the interesting world of electrolyte disorders- from simply potassium disorders, to complex sodium disorders – and what you need to know to manage them!
Fluid therapy is something we provide for our patients every day. But how many times do we place an animal on “twice maintenance” lactated Ringer’s solution (Hartman’s’) without really thinking about what we are hoping to achieve? What about colloids – when should they be used? When should we transfuse? What about different disease states?
This course will not only delve into the latest in research and clinical findings to answer some of these questions, but will also review shock, fluid types and their clinical applications, so that you can approach every case on IV fluids with a sure plan to improve patient outcome
Dr Philip Judge
BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (VECC; Medicine of Dogs)
Director: Vet Education Pty Ltd
- Consultant in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
- Internationally renowned lecturer and published author
- Dedicated to providing you with innovative and exciting online learning!
The cost for this 4-week vet course is only AUD 550. This fee includes postage of your course book, full access to our website for the duration of the course, including message-board access, and all online tutorials, quiz assessments, marking and advice, and a certificate on successful course completion.