Pyothorax: To Cut or Not to Cut? (1557)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Respiratory
Friday |  4:00 PM -  4:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||301BC



Laura Nafe DVM, MS
Oklahoma State University

Laura Nafe obtained her DVM from the University of Missouri in 2009. She then went on to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at North Carolina State University before completing a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Missouri in 2013. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Oklahoma State University. Her clinical and research interests include respiratory disease and immune-mediated disease.

Tekla Lee-Fowler DVM, MS
Auburn University

Dr. Tekla Lee-Fowler is an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Auburn University. She earned her DVM in 2005 from Mississippi State University. She then completed a rotating small animal internship at Mississippi State University followed by a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri. She earned her Master's with research focusing on feline asthma and completed a post-doctoral fellowship focusing on feline asthma and immunology. Dr. Lee-Fowler enjoys all aspects of internal medicine with a particular focus on respiratory medicine.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


Pyothorax is a differential diagnoses for pleural effusion in dogs in cats. Although initial presentation and physical examination may be similar in dogs and cats, etiology for this condition varies between species. As a result, treatment is also varied. This discussion will focus on appropriate management of pyothorax in both cats and dogs, including discussion of the pros and cons of surgical versus medical intervention.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand important clinical features of pyothorax in dogs and cats

2. Determine appropriate medical management strategies for pyothorax

3. Understand indications for surgical management of pyothorax