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Fluid therapy

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Introduction

  • The aim of fluid therapy during hypovolemic shock is to rehydrate the gastrointestinal material, increase blood volume and/or provide cardiovascular stabilization.
  • Fluid administration during anesthesia helps supports the circulation and maintain a stable blood pressure.
  • Although not starved for anesthesia and therefore with a low risk of pre-anesthetic dehydration, guinea pigs are a prey species prone to stress and may not intake water or food whilst still in the hospital. Fluid therapy will ensure no post-operative dehydration develops and the gastrointestinal material remains hydrated decreasing risk of post-operative ileus.
  • All fluids need to be warmed prior to administration and kept warm if infusion time is prolonged.

Administration

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Hypovolemic shock

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Dehydration

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Hemorrhage

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During anesthesia

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

Other sources of information

  • Sayers I & Smith S (2010) Mice, Rats, Hamsters and Gerbils. In: BSAVA Manual of Exotic Pets. 5th edn. pp 21.
  • Lichtenberger M, Hawkins M (2009) Rodents: Physical Examination and Emergency Care. In: BSAVA Manual of Rodents and Ferrets. 1st edn. pp 28-29

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