Tetanus – treatment for the board stiff
Tetanus is an uncommon condition in dogs (and an under- recognised one in cats) that poses an almost unique set of therapeutic challenges. Wound contamination with the eponymous Clostridia bacteria results in neurotoxicity causing spastic muscular paralysis, and can be frequently fatal in companion animals. Most of these patients require lots of nursing care, physiotherapy and interventional nutrition, as well as medical and surgical treatment for the causative infection. This webinar will help you through some of the challenges in diagnosis and definitive treatment, as well as providing guidelines for the successful supportive care of these difficult patients. Tetanus can be a very curable disease, with the right support at the right time, and is often manageable in practice.
Recording from 12 August 2020
Daniel Lewis VetMB MA CertVA DACVECC MRCVS
Following graduation in 1995 from Cambridge, Dan worked in mixed practice for 5 years, where he gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia. In 2000, he moved to Petmedics, a large hospital-based emergency clinic in Manchester, where he remained for 8 years. In 2008 Dan embarked upon a residency at the RVC, obtaining his American Diploma in Emergency & Critical Care in 2011. Since then he has been in charge of the ICU at Bristol Vet School before another period at Petmedics. Dan also holds the European Diploma in Emergency & Critical Care and is a RCVS-recognised specialist.
Dan joined Vets Now Referrals at Glasgow in January 2015 and contributes to the 24 hour Emergency & Critical Care referral service available there.
Dan is interested in all aspects of emergency and intensive care, but particularly in septic patients, animals needing ventilatory support and critically ill cats.