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Ketoacidosis occurs when there is excessive production and accumulation of ketoacids within the circulation. When excessive amounts accumulate they overwhelm the buffering capacity of the body and a metabolic acidosis and acidaemia develop. This chapter looks at aetiology, clinical features, history and physical examination, diagnosis and treatment.

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24.3 A dog with diabetic ketoacidosis. This patientwas subsequently diagnosed as suffering from concurrent hyperadrenocorticism.
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