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Fluid therapy in small animals 1. Principles and patient assessment

Goggs, R A and Humm, K R and Hughes, D (2008) Fluid therapy in small animals 1. Principles and patient assessment. IN PRACTICE, 30 (1). pp. 16-19.

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THE administration of fluid therapy is commonly used in veterinary medicine to combat dehydration, hypovolaemia and hypoperfusion, to maintain intravascular volume and osmotic pressure, and to correct electrolyte imbalances. An understanding of the physiology of body fluids is important to ensure that the most appropriate fluid is chosen for a given situation. This article, the first in a series of three, describes the principles of fluid therapy and highlights the key aspects of patient assessment. Articles in the February and March issues of In Practice will discuss the individual properties of crystalloid and colloid solutions, respectively.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Review (CPD)
RVC Publication Type: Review (CPD)
WoS ID: 000252624200002
Departments: Clinical Sciences and Services
Research Programmes: Comparative Physiology & Medicine > Clinical Research
Depositing User: RVC Auto-import
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 18:42
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2016 05:01
URI: http://researchonline.rvc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1462