Pediatric and Neonatal Emergencies

Maureen Mcmichael

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The normal neonate should have a strong suckle reflex, holding on tightly to a clean finger inserted into its mouth. If they are prevented from nursing or do not ingest enough milk, they will often cry. A normal neonate respiratory rate is about two to three times higher than that in adults due to higher airway resistance and higher oxygen demand. Additionally, neonates depend on a high heart rate to increase the cardiac output since they cannot increase contractility. This chapter highlights the history, clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of various canine and feline pediatric and neonatal emergencies. The diseases highlighted are: hypoglycemia, hypovolemia, respiratory distress and sepsis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Canine and Feline Emergency Protocols
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781118910351
ISBN (Print)9781118559031
StatePublished - Oct 20 2014


  • Canine emergency protocol
  • Feline emergency protocol
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypovolemia
  • Neonatal emergencies
  • Pediatric emergencies
  • Respiratory distress
  • Sepsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Veterinary


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