Develop your knowledge and understanding of shock in dogs. This is a one-part course that can also be taken as part of the Canine shock course bundle.
This module looks at pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and outcomes of shock in dogs, including:
Definition – inadequate cellular energy production; decrease in oxygen delivery in relation to oxygen consumption.
Cause – most commonly secondary to loss of intravascular volume (hypovolemic shock), maldistribution of vascular volume (distributive shock) or failure of cardiac pump (cardiogenic shock) that leads to the decrease in oxygen delivery.
Signs – poor circulatory function (decreased blood pressure, prolonged capillary refill time, pale mucous membranes, cool extremities, fast but weak pulses).
Diagnosis – signs; identification of underlying cause; increased serum lactate levels may be associated with the degree of reduced perfusion/sympathetic response.
Treatment – circulatory support; address underlying cause depending on the main cause for the shock.
Prognosis – good if appropriate therapy given immediately, depending on whether the underlying cause can be treated: guarded if appropriate treatment delayed or not possible.
Support and Resources
This online module includes an e-Book with content from Vetstream's Vetlexicon Canis followed by a quiz leading to a personalized certificate. Written by some of the world's leading veterinarians, ensuring accuracy and depth of content.
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This module is worth approximately 60 minutes of CPD.