Exotis ISSN 2398-2985

Ferrets

Anesthesia: monitoring - respiratory

Contributor(s): David Perpinan, Vicki Baldrey

Introduction

  • Respiratory function should be closely monitored during anesthesia.
  • Drugs used in anesthetic protocols Anesthesia: protocols can produce apnea, ventilatory depression, hypoxemia and hypercapnia.
  • Surgeons used to performing surgery in larger species, eg dogs, can inadvertently compress the chest of ferrets. Proper patient positioning, good surgical technique and the use of plastic drapes to better visualize the patient help prevent this.

Pre-anesthetic

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Monitoring respiratory function during anesthesia

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Visual assessment

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Capnography

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Arterial blood gas

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Pulse oximetry

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Preventing respiratory problems

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Correcting oxygenation/respiratory problems

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Standford M (2004) Practical use of capnography in exotic animal anesthesia. Exotic DVM 6 (3), 57-60 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Ozeki L & Caulkett N (2014) Monitoring. In: Zoo Animal and Wildlife Immobilization and Anesthesia. 2nd edn. Eds: West G, Heard D & Caulkett N. Wiley Blackwell, USA. pp 43-51.


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