If you see cats in your practice, you undoubtedly will see a significant number of upper respiratory infections. At the 2017 Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Dr. Mike Lappin discussed 2 of the leading causes of respiratory infections in cats—bacterial and viral.
To some, a mundane task like cleaning an examination table between appointments may seem unimportant. But this simple action, and its role in biosecurity, deserves more focus than it sometimes receives.
Proper analysis of pleural or peritoneal fluid can go a long way toward verifying a diagnosis and directing treatment recommendations. Sample preparation and handling can have a significant effect on the accuracy of test results.