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Contributor(s): David Vella, Peter Dobromylskyj, Paul Flecknell, Lesa Longley, Gina Neiger-Aeschbacher, Lesa Thompson, David Perpinan
- Monitoring the anesthetized rabbit and recording the parameters is the basis of appropriate care. As a consequence, complications (deterioration in patient condition, inadequate anesthetic level for the procedure or anesthetic overdose) can be recognized and dealt with early.
- The appropriate dose for all emergency drugs for the specific rabbit should be calculated in advance to avoid miscalculations in a stress situation leading to overdose. If a critical patient is to be anesthetized, it is prudent to draw drugs into syringes before starting the procedure.
- Circulatory and respiratory failure are treated as in other species.
- It can be difficult to establish venous access in small rabbits or collapsed patients, thus it is advisable to place an IV catheter Intravenous catheter placement prior to, or immediately after, induction of anesthesia.
- In an emergency situation alternatives are the introduction of an intraosseous catheter Intraosseous catheter placement into the femur or any other long and sturdy bone or a surgical cut-down to a vein.
- When access to the central circulation is established, resuscitation can be proceeded with as in other species.
- Although it is advantageous to have a suspicion why the complications occur, corrective measures should be started without delay.
- Depending on the severity the order of the treatment steps might vary.
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