ABSTRACT: Pneumothorax is an abnormal accumulation of air in the pleural space within the thoracic cavity. It can be severely debilitating and indeed life threatening. The successful management of pneumothorax relies on prompt recognition of the problem and timely and effective intervention. This article will review the pathophysiology of pneumothorax and discuss the clinical signs associated with the problem in dogs and cats and the treatment options available.


Eimear Shorten MVB MRCVS

Eimear graduated from University College, Dublin, in 2014 and works as a rotating intern at Vets Now Referrals (Glasgow Hospital). She has a special interest in small animal surgery

Elizabeth M. Welsh BVMS, PhD, CertVA, CertSAS, MRCVS

Liz graduated from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 1989. She works for Vets Now Referrals (Glasgow Hospital) as a referral clinician in soft tissue surgery.

Keywords: Clinical, Pneumothorax 

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 30 (11) • November 2015 • pp319-326

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