Essential Equipment for Feline Trauma

May 6, 2018

Making sure you're equipped for feline trauma is really minimal, says Alison Gottlieb, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC).

Making sure you're equipped for feline trauma is really minimal, says Alison Gottlieb, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC), ICU veterinary nurse and education coordinator for CARES (Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services) in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

Oxygen delivery is No. 1, Gottleib says. Having a doppler blood pressure is ideal for measuring feline blood pressure, and proper analgesia is highly important—you need need significant opioids in your veterinary practice for feline trauma patients. She also explains the importance of preparedness, advising veterinarians to make sure they have a thoracentesis kit put together so it's ready to go when you need it.