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Oral thermal injury associated with puncture of a salbutamol metered-dose inhaler in a dog
Article first published online: 16 JUL 2012
© Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society 2012
Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Volume 22, Issue 4, pages 494–497, August 2012
How to Cite
Mackenzie, S. D., Blois, S., Hayes, G. and Vince, A. R. (2012), Oral thermal injury associated with puncture of a salbutamol metered-dose inhaler in a dog. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 22: 494–497. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2012.00781.x
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
- Issue published online: 28 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 16 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 9 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 JUN 2011
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To describe the clinical features, diagnostic work-up, treatment, and outcome of a dog with oral thermal injury secondary to chewing on a salbutamol metered-dose inhaler (MDI).
A Boxer dog was presented after chewing on a salbutamol MDI. The dog was anxious, tachycardic and had moderate hypokalemia. The dog was treated with potassium supplementation and discharged after 24-hour hospitalization. Five hours after the discharge, the dog represented for dysphagia, anorexia, cervical pain, and a left-sided head tilt. Oral examination revealed edematous and erythematous swelling of the soft palate causing airway compromise; histopathology demonstrated vascular necrosis and infarction. The dog was treated with supportive care including the placement of a tracheostomy tube. The dog recovered fully and was discharged 8 days after initial presentation.
New or Unique Information Provided
Salbutamol toxicity has been documented previously in dogs but oral thermal injury associated with a salbutamol MDI has not been reported in dogs. Although a rare complication, dogs who have been exposed to MDIs should have a thorough oral exam and be monitored closely for signs of respiratory compromise.