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general anesthesia for whole-body CT as part of oncologic staging. The rabbit was bright and alert and had no signs of respiratory difficulty on physical examination. The rabbit's heart rate was 240 beats/min (reference range, 150 to 300 beats

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primary pulmonary disease could be contributing to the cat's respiratory distress, and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) under general anesthesia was scheduled for the following day. The patient was returned to the oxygen cage and kept overnight for observation

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fine-needle aspirates had tentatively identified the masses as spindle cell tumors. The patient had a long history (> 2 years) of respiratory tract disease characterized clinically by intermittent coughing with occasional exercise intolerance and

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), and the heart rate increased to 190 beats/min. An arterial blood sample was collected for blood gas analysis, which revealed respiratory acidosis ( Table 1 ). The patient's body temperature was now 36.1°C (97°F). Table 1— Results of arterial

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), respiratory rate, end-tidal carbon dioxide concentration (capnography), central venous pressure (via a central venous catheter h placed in the right jugular vein with ultrasound guidance), and pharyngeal temperature were monitored continuously with a

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< 1 second. The dog's body condition score was 5 on a scale from 1 to 9. Rectal temperature was 39.3°C (102.7°F), heart rate was 120 beats/min, and respiratory rate was 24 breaths/min. Cardiac auscultation revealed a grade 3/6 bilateral systolic murmur

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leukogram. The dog's PCV and serum total protein concentration were within the reference limits. Findings on a 6-lead ECG indicated a respiratory sinus arrhythmia, a mean heart rate of 80 beats/min, and right ventricular hypertrophy but no evidence of atrial

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History A 4-month-old 1.6-kg (3.5-lb) sexually intact female domestic shorthair kitten was referred to the North Carolina State University Small Animal Emergency Service because of progressive respiratory distress. One week earlier, the

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veterinarian with theophylline and butorphanol, but had recently been reevaluated because of increased coughing and signs of respiratory distress, for which it received additional treatment with dexamethasone sodium phosphate (0.23 mg/kg [0.104 mg/lb], IM

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base of the tail and distally to the level of the carpal and tarsal joints. The cat was bright, alert, and responsive. Rectal temperature was 40°C (104°F), pulse rate was 160 beats/min, and respiratory rate was 40 breaths/min. Results of

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