Management of the dyspneic cat: how to make the best decisions based on a clinical exam that is not always easy to perform

Assessment and emergent treatment of the dyspneic cat is often considered one of the most difficult tasks of the emergency clinician. Underlying causes of dyspnea can vary considerably, and must often be decided with only a history and a brief physical examination.
The dyspneic cat presented in the emergency clinic must be handled very carefully, as it likely has a very low tolerance for stress. Not only is shortness of breath itself a source of great stress, but these cats may have been on multiple car rides to several clinics. While it is often tempting to conduct a physical examination and place an intravenous catheter on arrival, such seemingly benign interventions may lead to decompensation and death, even with oxygen supplementation. The key components of emergent care consist simply in oxygen supplementation and a low stress environment with minimal handling. Consult this video and learn how to make the best decisions based on a clinical exam that is not always easy to perform!

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Ludivine Boiron

Dr Boiron is currently responsible for the Emergency and Critical Care service and the internship program in the referral clinic Willows situated in Birmingham, in the UK.

She obtained her diploma at the Veterinary School of Lyon in 2009. In the same school, Dr Boiron has realized an internship in medicine and surgery of small companion animals and then occupied during 3 years the function of Consultation Responsible at the SIAMU, the Unity of Critical Care at the school of Lyon. During almost one year, she worked in the Emergency Service in different clinics in France and then moved to the US to realize a specialized internship in Emergency and Critical Care at the UC Davis University in California. She continued this road and completed her education by realizing a Residency in Emergency and Critical care at the Penn University in Philadelphia. 

Dr Boiron has obtained her diploma of the American College of Emergency and Critical Care in 2018. She loves to participate in national and international congresses in relation with her specialty. 

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