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Successful outcome in a dog with neurological and respiratory signs following smoke inhalation
Article first published online: 6 MAY 2013
© Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society 2013
Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Volume 23, Issue 3, pages 328–334, May/June 2013
How to Cite
Guillaumin, J. and Hopper, K. (2013), Successful outcome in a dog with neurological and respiratory signs following smoke inhalation. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 23: 328–334. doi: 10.1111/vec.12054
- Issue published online: 4 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 6 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 10 JAN 2012
- carbon monoxide toxicity;
- intensive care;
- pulmonary injury;
To report the case management of a patient with smoke inhalation complicated by neurological impairment, carboxyhemoglobinemia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), upper airway obstruction, aspiration pneumonia, and bacteremia.
A 1.5-year-old male intact Beagle presented shortly after being involved in a household fire. Upon arrival the dog was diagnosed with ARDS and demonstrated acute neurological signs (eg, obtundation and seizures). Treatment included mechanical ventilation, temporary tracheostomy, and intensive supportive care. During hospitalization, the dog suffered multiple complications including prolonged neurological abnormalities, aspiration pneumonia, and bacteremia. The dog recovered over a 16-day period.
New or Unique Information Provided
This is the first description of extensive management of a patient suffering both neurological and respiratory complication due to smoke inhalation, and details the steps that were taken to achieve a successful outcome.