Gastrointestinal problems are one of the most common health issues clients present and seek advice from the vet. How often do you get a vomiting cat or a dog in the examination room? Or a patient with diarrhoea? I am sure — daily. Probably more than once!
Sometimes I think “vomiting, not AGAIN!”
Such a simple symptom, but so many possible causes.
In acute cases it can be about inadequate food, foreign body, pancreatitis, etc. where chronic gastrointestinal cases probably pose even greater challenge to the clinician.
Sometimes the diagnosis is actually simple and right in front of our noses but we fail to see it. I was told more than once (even heard that from many specialists on their lectures) that you should never start a complicate diagnostic without properly deworming the animal first. 😊
But there are other cases where diagnostic can be perpetual. In making a diagnosis, a vet also relies on various clues including talking to the owners to get a detailed history; processing information, making connections, doing diagnostic tests … which, of course, can lead to high costs. Those are also the cases where clients might often seek for second opinion, as they can get impatient when the condition is not resolved fast enough for them.
What is the best way to approach those cases? How can the problem-oriented approach help us get the right diagnosis (or maybe even more of them) without getting lost in unimportant data? Where to start and how to set the right questions (in order to get the right answers)? Choose the right diagnostic tests? And once you have the diagnosis – how to manage those conditions?
Can I tell you a secret?
You can get the answers to those questions at the OKEAN gastrointestinal course. 😉