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Research Note: Clinicopathologic Abnormalities & Animal Triage Trauma Score in Cats with Bite Wounds

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Bite wounds are a common type of trauma in cats and can involve deep tissue, muscles, and internal organs, even when the surface wounds appear small. The animal trauma triage (ATT) score measures injury severity by assessing perfusion, cardiac, respiratory, eye/muscle/integument, skeletal, and neurologic status; ATT score has been significantly associated with outcome in dogs and cats. This retrospective study sought to document the clinical and clinicopathologic changes in 43 cats presented with dog-bite trauma and identify significant clinicopathologic changes associated with ATT. Low venous blood pH, high plasma lactate concentration, and low ionized calcium were significantly associated with higher ATT scores on presentation. Early recognition of these changes may help identify bite wound patients with more severe injuries.

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