AbbreviationsCIconfidence intervalsEPRelectronic patient recordIQRinterquartile rangeNSAIDSnon‐steroidal anti‐inflammatory drugsRTAroad traffic accidentRTCroad traffic collisionIntroductionRoad traffic accidents (RTA), also described as motor vehicle accidents, are one of the most common causes of blunt trauma in dogs. Previous reports have identified RTA as the fourth most common cause of death in dogs under 3 years of age, with 12.7% of deaths in young dogs occurring from RTA. RTA has also been reported to be the cause of 55% of head trauma cases in dogs. As well as the substantial welfare impact on affected animals, canine RTA events can also impose financial and emotional strain on dog owners. Despite this, the prevalence of RTA in dogs in the United Kingdom is unknown and risk factors for involvement in RTAs, such as breed and age, have not been described. Therefore, although epidemiologic information has been shown to be important for prevention, diagnosis, and management in many other disease processes, any potential in relation to RTA is unclear. By contrast, in cats, 12.2% of deaths in cats of all ages and 47.3% of deaths in cats aged under 5 years are reported as being due to trauma, and 60% of these trauma‐related deaths are reported to be
Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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