🐰🐈🐶❄️Hypothermia❄️🐶🐈🐰 As soon as they've had their premed ..... #WrapThemUp
Ensure the kennel floor is completely covered with bedding, as often dogs will decide to go and sit on the bare kennel floor over their snuggly vetbed...... #nothelpful
For dogs we often use passive methods of warming and get a fleecy blanket and turn them into 'superman' by tying it snug around their necks, draping the fleece over their back so if they shake it doesn't just fall off. Within a few minutes dogs generally relax and lay down, nicely wrapped and covered until they are ready to go through for surgery.
For cats and exotics they often need active warming over passive methods to prevent heat loss. That means heat pads (wires covered and protected!) or snuggle safes / warm air devices / incubators to keep them toasty.
Care must be taken with active heating devices not to cause thermal injuries.
Hypothermia under anaesthetic causes; ⚠️Increased sensitivity to inhalation agents (reduces their mean alveolar requirement / more prone to overdose)
⚠️Slows down metabolism of drugs ⚠️Prolongs recovery from anaesthesia
⚠️Affects blood clotting ability - increases the risk of haemorrhage
⚠️Delay wound healing & increased chance of infection
⚠️Bradycardia & respiratory depression
⚠️Shivering significantly increases oxygen demand
And lots more ..... Which is why I cannot stress the importance of making sure that they are not chilly BEFORE you induce them under anaesthesia and then steps need to be taken to ensure they maintain their temperature.
ACTIVE WARMING ideally, every time! ❤️LOVES❤️ socks, coats, fleeces, towels, heat pads, pet coats, snuggle safes, bubble wrap, foil blankets, 😍bair hugger warm air devices, hot dog heating devices, IV infusion line warmers, warming breathing systems.... so many options...... #noexcuses (Pictured, my best friend..... the bair hugger😍) #hypothermia #veterinaryanaesthesia #bairhugger #goodbyehypothermia #vet #vetnurse #vetnursetips #studentveterinarynurse