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This research project contains four parts. You’ll research and write regarding each of the following areas.
Fluid Administration
Emergency Care
Wound Management
Veterinary Periodontics
Although there’s no required minimum or maximum page length, the recommended length is two to three pages. The questions should be thoroughly researched and answered, making sure to avoid straying too far from the stated focus. Use publication search engines such as PubMed to obtain original research papers if you plan to use these to address any of the questions. Consult reliable, and up-to-date reference materials as needed, and appropriate.
Part 1. Fluid Administration
For Part 1, discuss intravenous fluid administration in a feline patient. Your research will include
What physical exam parameters you use to assess the hydration status in your patient. You’ll detail the different percentages of dehydration, and the signs you see on examination with each one.
The purpose of each phase of fluid therapy for a female feline patient assumes the following:
The patient isn’t showing any signs of shock.
The cat weighs 8 lbs, is 10% dehydrated, and doesn’t have any vomiting or diarrhea.
Use this information to calculate the fluid rates for each needed phase of fluid therapy for this patient. Be sure to include the formula you’re using, and show each step in the calculation of the fluid rates.
How should you monitor the IV fluid therapy in this patient?
Why is it important to monitor patients receiving IV fluid therapy?
Part 2. Emergency Care
For Part 2, explain how to perform CPR on a Labrador retriever in the veterinary clinic. Your research will include the following
An explanation of what CPR is, and its goal
The steps of veterinary CPR, and how it’s performed in the veterinary clinic
A discussion of the emergency crash cart, and the items that you would use from it during CPR
Part 3. Wound Management
For Part 3, discuss the factors associated with delayed wound healing.
Investigate the primary patient factors and environmental factors that can lead to delayed healing of traumatic wounds in animals.
Choose one patient factor and one environmental factor that contribute to delayed wound healing. Then, discuss the biological basis by which these delay wound healing.
For the factors chosen in #2 above, explain what measures may be taken to limit their impact on wound healing.
Part 4. Veterinary Periodontics
For Part 4, explain why periodontal disease is common in dogs and cats, the main causes, and how some forms of the disease are treated.
What are the steps involved in an extraoral, and intraoral dental examination, and what’s the rationale behind doing an extraoral examination to assess dental disease?
Describe the early stages of periodontal disease, and its pathogenesis.
What are the materials commonly used for surgical intervention in cases of Grade IV periodontal disease, and how these materials help restore health to the periodontal tissue.
Determine the preventive measures that can be used by clients, and how you would educate them in this regard.
The research paper should include at least two references for each part of this project and should follow proper APA formatting. You can use your Penn Foster lessons and the course textbook for assistance, but you’ll need to have at least one other outside reference. The information used must be supported by trusted veterinary medical publications and websites (avoid using Wikipedia).

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