It is not uncommon for dogs and cats to present with a pleural effusion, which often requires emergency management involving the placement of a thoracic drain. This article describes a step-by-step guide to placing traditional wide-bore tubes and small-bore drains in practice. It also focuses on the general management of specific conditions that can cause pleural effusions. The diagnostic investigation of dogs and cats with pleural effusions was discussed in an article published in the October issue of In Practice (volume 33, pp 462–469).
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