Veterinary professionals must be cognizant of the unique qualities of pediatric patients with regard to monitoring and treatment.

Veterinary professionals must be cognizant of the unique qualities of pediatric patients with regard to monitoring and treatment.

Not only does the diagnostic evaluation of neonatal and pediatric patients differ from that in adults, but appropriate treatment and monitoring are also quite specific for critically ill neonates. While their small size and unique physiology present challenges, we have the ability to treat these young animals aggressively. Veterinary professionals must be cognizant of the unique qualities of pediatric patients with regard to monitoring and treatment. Knowledge of normal physiologic parameters for neonates is imperative (Table 1).


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