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The purpose of this article is to provide guidelines for anesthetizing dogs and cats that can be used daily in veterinary practice. This will add to the existing family of American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) guidelinesb and other references, such as the anesthesia monitoring guidelines published by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists (ACVA)c.

This article includes recommendations for preanesthetic patient evaluation and examination, selection of premedication, induction and maintenance drugs, monitoring, equipment, and recovery. In recognition of differences among practices, these guidelines are not meant to establish a universal anesthetic plan or legal standard of care.

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