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Decision making affecting the diagnosis of hypoxaemia in a pug
  1. Thomas James Beeston and
  2. Karen J Blissitt
  1. Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, The University of Edinburgh College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Thomas James Beeston; s0093533{at}


This report describes the management of an obese pug that became hypoxaemic during anaesthesia. The cause of the hypoxaemia was diagnosed ultimately as endobronchial intubation, which was corrected before recovery. The hypoxaemia was mistakenly attributed to a combination of obesity and aspiration pneumonia. The reasons for the initial misdiagnosis are presented. Although the pug made a full recovery, the sequelae of endobronchial intubation are potentially serious and the condition should be recognised.

  • dogs
  • anaesthesia
  • obesity
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  • Contributors TJB anaesthetised the case and prepared the manuscript. KJB provided suggestions and corrections and proof-read the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article.

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