Shana O’Marra, DVM, DACVECC

When treating shock, many practitioners use traditional markers such as blood pressure to determine if a patient is in shock. While a low blood pressure is certainly a good indicator that your patient is experiencing shock, hypotension only occurs when compensatory mechanisms fail. Looking for earlier indicators of shock such as an elevation in blood lactate help us to not only identify shock sooner, but to make sure we are actually resolving shock with our treatment rather than simply reverting back to a compensated state.

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