Anaphylaxis, sepsis and pancreatitis
We are liking this very current article:.
Comparison of clinical findings between dogs with suspected anaphylaxis and dogs with confirmed sepsis.
- acute collapse was much commoner in anaphylaxis
- rectal temperatures tended to be higher in sepsis (although they ranged widely, no anaphylactic case was > 38.8)
- abdominal pain was commoner in septic dogs: presumably because the source of sepsis was often intra-abdominal.
- liver enzymes; see above
Obviously it’s also important to look for foci of potential sepsis such as GI perforations, abscesses and the like. Any effusions should be subjected to cytology looking for bacteria.
However, if you throw pancreatitis into the mix then things are becoming quite complex.