Acute Water Intoxication in a Dog

Authors

  • Jeffrey Toll VMD,

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    1. The Emergency Service (Toll) and the Internal Medicine Service (Barr) of the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.
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      Veterinary Specialists of South Florida, 9410 Stirling Road, Cooper City, FL

  • Stephen C. Barr BVSc, MVS, Ph.D.,

    1. The Emergency Service (Toll) and the Internal Medicine Service (Barr) of the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.
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  • Fiona H. Hickford BVSc, MACVSc, MVSc

    1. The Emergency Service (Toll) and the Internal Medicine Service (Barr) of the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.
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Jeffery Toll, VMD Veterinary Specialists of South Florida 9410 Stirling Road Cooper City, Florida, 33024

Summary

A one-year-old female labrador Retriever dog was admitted to the Emergency Service after playing in a lake for several hours. Physical examination revealed coma, hypothermia, and bradycardia. Marked diuresis was noted. A serum biochemical profile revealed hyposmolality, hyponatremia, and hypoproteinmia suggestive of dilution of serum constituents. Acute water intoxication was diagnosed. Recovery was complete and occurred without specific therapy. Acute water intoxication should be considered in the differential diagnosis of coma. (Vet Emerg & Crit Care, 1999, 9: 19–25)

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