Anaphylaxis; the good, the bad, and the itchy
Anaphylaxis is a common and potentially life-threatening emergency room presentation for dogs and less commonly cats. Prompt recognition and appropriate management are required to ensure a good outcome. Hymenoptera envenomation is the most common presumed cause of anaphylaxis dogs in Australia, however a stinger isn’t always located. Anaphylaxis can be associated with a variety of systemic manifestations; dermatologic signs are expected such that their absence can make diagnosis of anaphylaxis difficult. Less common signs are cardiovascular collapse, gastrointestinal, and respiratory symptoms. This webinar will review the pathophysiology of anaphylaxis, diagnosis, including the use of abdominal ultrasound, and the evidence for various treatment approaches. Specifically we will review the use of adrenaline for anaphylaxis, evidence for and against antihistamines and glucocorticoids, as well as treatment of associated coagulopathy. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of how to prevent future anaphylaxis episodes in at risk patients with desensitisation immunotherapy.
Recording from 4 December 2019
Dr Claire Sharp BSc, BVMS, MS, DACVEC
Dr Claire Sharp is a Registered Specialist in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care and Senior Lecturer in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Murdoch University. At Murdoch Claire is involved in clinical service in The Animal Hospital, teaching veterinary students, training interns and residents in ECC, and doing research. Claire did her specialty training in the US, but since returning to Australia in 2015 has been involved in research of snake envenomation and the SnakeMap initiative.