What's Your Diagnosis?
by Dr. Natalie Webster
This month Dr Natalie challenges you to diagnose a four year old female Jack Russell terrier suffering from lethargy, vomiting and acute collapse. What would be your next diagnostic/therapeutic step?
Signalment: 4 year old female entire jack russell terrier.
History: 7 day history of lethargy and vomiting. Acute collapse.
Figure 1 and Figure 2: right lateral recumbent abdomen 5 min apart.
Figure 3: VD abdomen.
Figures 4 - Ultrasound Interpretations
What is your next diagnostic/therapeutic step?
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