Journal article

Cesarean section in dogs: Anesthetic management

SD Ryan, AE Wagner

COMPENDIUM ON CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR THE PRACTICING VETERINARIAN | VETERINARY LEARNING SYSTEMS | Published : 2006

Abstract

Cesarean section is common in small animal veterinary practice. Preoperative assessment should include a complete history, a physical examination, a laboratory database, and diagnostic imaging as dictated by a patient's status. Premedication can decrease maternal stress and anxiety and permits a decrease in the dose of injectable induction drugs and in the minimum alveolar concentration of inhalation anesthetics. Premedication agents that can be reversed (e.g., opioids, benzodiazepines) are preferred. All animals undergoing anesthesia for cesarean section should receive intravenous fluid therapy. Preoxygenation before and during induction significantly decreases the risk of maternal hypoxemi..

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