Flashcards in Abdominal Pain in Small Animals Deck (12)
What is 'acute abdomen'?
Severe abdominal pain caused by acute disease or injury to internal organs.
What needs to be assessed when taking a history from a patient with acute abdomen?
Grunting, groaning or biting
Progression of clinical signs
What needs to be specifically examined on physical exam?
Abdominal palpation - pain and location
What are the steps after developing a DDx list that needs to be done?
Follow up plan
What organs of the abdomen could have a disease associated them that is the cause of abdominal pain?
What could abdominal pain be mistaken for?
What can make up the diagnostic approach?
PCV/Total Solids/Blood smear
Abdominal Ultrasound (for free fluid)
Diagnostic peritoneal Lavage
Is pyometra always urgent?
Usually less urgent if open.
What things can be administered in a medical emergency
What analgesics are there?
Partial agonist opiods
What things need to be considered as part of follow up treatments?
Diagnostic monitoring (PCV etc..)