The Practice of Veterinary Anesthesia: Small Animals, Birds, Fish and Reptiles, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Practice of Veterinary Anesthesia

Small Animals, Birds, Fish and Reptiles, 1st Edition

By Donald Sawyer

Teton NewMedia

384 pages

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This title provides practitioners with a practical guide to anesthesia that is easy to use in the office setting. It is organized with the busy practitioner in mind, and in the sequence that anesthesia is performed. The presentation includes step –by- step protocols for restraint, anesthesia and patient monitoring along with over 50 well designed tables covering drugs, complications and specific diseases conditions. This helpful tool can assist practitioners in problem solving the factors that place some patients at higher risk for anesthesia. Veterinarians will enjoy the convenient, very accessible drug protocol tables which refer to drugs by their generic /brand name along with information about availability in North America, Europe, and the UK. This practical, concise guide to small animal and small exotic anesthesia for the non-specialist is an indispensible resource for the busy practitioner.

Published by Teton New Media in the USA and distributed by CRC Press outside of North America.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Preanesthetic Period

General Considerations

Physical Status

Classification of Risk Status

Patient Evaluation

Risk Assessment of the Injured Patient


Pain Management: It starts before anesthesia!

Preanesthetic Medication


Alpha2 Adrenergic Receptor Agonists

Receptor Antagonists

Neuroleptanalgesia and Neuroleptanesthesia

Pentobarbital as Premedication

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

Pain Management from a Surgeon’s Perspective

Chapter 2 The Induction Period


Placement Technique

Methods of Induction

Laryngoscopy and Endotracheal Intubation

Chapter 3 The Anesthetic Period

Anesthetic Machines

Breathing Systems


Assessment of Anesthetic Systems

Protocol for Machine Check Pre-Anesthesia

Cleaning and Maintenance

Flow Rates for Circle Anesthetic Systems

Scavenging Systems for Waste Anesthetic Gases

Occupational Exposure to Waste Anesthetic Gases

Hazards of Anesthetic Machines

General Principles of Inhalation Anesthesia

Minimum Alveolar Concentration (MAC)

Metabolism of Inhalation Anesthetics

Characteristics of Inhalation Anesthetics

Mechanical Ventilators for Small Animal Patients


Reactivity, Stability and Flammability

Chapter 4 The Anesthetic Period: Maintenance

The Anesthetic Record

Procedures Following Induction and Intubation

Perioperative Monitoring of the Anesthetized Patient

Fluid Therapy

Blood Gases and Acid-Base Relationships

Chapter 5 The Anesthetic Period: Predictable Problems

Standard Surgical Anesthetic Procedures

Shock Patient and High Risk Anesthesia

Balanced Anesthesia

Muscle Relaxation

Modifications for Breeds

Modifications for Specific Procedures

Modifications for Specific Conditions

Chapter 6 The Anesthetic Period: Other Small Animals


Guinea Pig, Hamster, Rat, Mouse, Gerbil


Non-Domestic Carnivores

Anesthesia of Freshwater and Saltwater Fishes

Anesthesia and Analgesia of Reptiles

Chapter 7 The "Nobody Wins" Period: Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation

Cardiac Emergency



Crash Cart or Box


Chapter 8 The Recovery Period

Pain Management

Anesthesia Recovery

Recovery Procedures




Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / Food Animal