Develop your knowledge and understanding of lactate measurement in dogs. This is a one-part course that can also be taken as part of the Critical care course bundle.
This module looks at lactate and cellular physiology, practical aspects of lactate measurement, causes of hyperlactatemia, and prognostic value of plasma lactate in dogs, including:
Lactate and cellular physiology – three distinct mechanisms.
Practical aspects of lactate measurement – arterial samples, muscular activity, restraint and occlusion, peripheral venous lactate, bench top analyzers.
Causes of hyperlactatemia – usually occurs secondary to inadequate oxygen delivery relative to oxygen demand.
Prognostic value of plasma lactate – shock, septic peritonitis, soft tissue infection, babesiosis, immune-mediate haemolytic anemia, gastric dilation-volvulus.
Therapy of hyperlactemia – restoration of adequate tissue perfusion, maintenance of circulating haemoglobin, assessment of lactate in other fluids.
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This online module includes an e-Book with content from Vetstream's Vetlexicon Canis followed by a quiz leading to a personalized certificate. Written by some of the world's leading veterinarians, ensuring accuracy and depth of content.
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This module is worth approximately 30 minutes of CPD.