|When an older female dog has pus in the vaginal discharge or is suspected of having closed pyometra, the following will be the procedures at Toa Payoh Vets to provide the highest standard of care. This SOP defend the vet during allegations of negligence litigation or complaint if the dog dies later.|
1. HISTORY. Record all vaccinations done and dates and by whom. Do not forget to do so. Record your estrus onset and duration to determine whether parvovirus is a likely cause.
2. GENERAL EXAMINATION. Demeanour. Weight, rectal temperature, pulse and respiratory rate. Abdominal pain, gas in the GIT and other observations.
3. DETAILED EXAMINATION. Parvoviral test, blood test (haematology or complete blood test), stool test. There may be a case for veterinary negligence if the parvoviral test has not been done.
4. TREATMENT. According to symptoms. IV, SC or oral fluid therapy depending on situation. Antispasmodic, antibiotics, multivitamins, protein drip, Vit K1 when necessary. Times and amounts given will be recorded.
The vet in charge of the case is responsible for details of time, amount and other information will be recorded in the hospitalisation sheet.
5. COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE OWNER IN WRITING. A veterinary report explaining the significance of the tests and case must be given to the owner on discharge/death of the puppy. It is best to keep the owner informed daily of the health of the puppy. Such phone calls must be recorded in the medical case files.
6. RECORD AMA
(Against Medical Advice) the
owner's rejection of advices
of the test in your medical
record. Failure to do so
implies that the vet has not
advised at all in cases of
Singapore is becoming a
litigious society, I advise
that the highest standard of
care to be given at all
times. An example of a case
done by me is down shown in
TOA PAYOH VETS WEBPAGE:
Monday, June 25, 2012
1053. SOP: A dog with closed pyometra
A FEMALE DOG WITH CLOSED PYOMETRA - STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOP) AT TOA PAYOH VETS