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Companion Animal Practice
Investigation of dyspnoea in dogs
  1. Mike Stafford Johnson

    Mike Stafford Johnson graduated from Dublin in 1982 and spent many years in mixed practice both in the UK and abroad. He currently works at the Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Centre in Warwickshire. He holds the RCVS diploma in veterinary cardiology and the RCVS certificate in small animal medicine.

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  2. Mike Martin

    Mike Martin graduated from Dublin in 1986. He owns the Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Centre in Warwickshire. He holds the RCVS certificate and diploma in veterinary cardiology and is an RCVS specialist in cardiology.

Abstract

DYSPNOEA is a relatively common presentation in dogs and has many possible aetiologies. The initial clinical assessment is essential to help identify the likely origin of the dyspnoea and determine the steps necessary to stabilise the clinical signs. Diagnostic techniques, such as radiography, bronchoscopy and thoracocentesis, can be easily performed in practice and will greatly aid investigation. This article describes the clinical signs of dyspnoea in dogs and outlines the approach to diagnosis in affected animals.

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