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..)