Lay off chest radiographs in dyspneic cats

March 28, 2017

Dr. Lee received her BS in Animal Science in 1993 at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She obtained her DVM at Cornell University in 1997, followed by an internship at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. She received her DACVECC in 2003 at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lee is also the CEO and founder of VetGirl, a subscription-based podcast service offering RACE-approved continuing education to veterinary professionals. Dr. Lee has been published in numerous veterinary journals, including the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, the Journal of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care, and the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She has also published several veterinary book chapters, and has been aired on radio and television to promote preventative medicine, animal health, and the overall well-being of pets.

Less stress can be truly life-saving in these feline patients just trying to catch their breath.

Veterinary critical care specialist Dr. Justine Lee has this quick critical care tip that can save lives-skip the thoracic radiographs in dyspneic cats. The most common differential for this clinical sign is pleural effusion, so opt for a FAST (focused assessment with sonography for trauma) ultrasound exam or thoracocentesis. Hear more: