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Maintenance and monitoring

Anesthesia is typically maintained using inhalant anesthetics, although maintenance can also be achieved with continuous infusions or intermittent doses of injectable agents, or a combination of injectable and inhalant drugs.

Individual plan

Patient preparation, anesthetic plan, preanesthetic medication, pain management and anesthetic management of patients with comorbidities.

Step 2: Client Communication/ Education

Once the initial plan is formulated, pertinent information regarding the anesthetic procedure and pet-specific risk factors should be discussed with the pet owner

Phase 3: Return Home

Once the patient has been discharged, the anesthesia continuum comes full circle. Pet owners can benefit from receiving anesthetic discharge instructions , in addition to a surgical discharge form. This guides postoperative care by the pet owner and alleviates their concerns, addressing possible complications that could be encountered and outlining when the veterinary team should be contacted.

Step 1: Anesthesia Begins at Home

The pet owner begins the continuum of anesthesia with fasting the pet and administering medications as directed by the anesthesia team.

Resource Center

Resources from the 2020 AAHA Anethesia and Monitoring Guidelines for both veterinary teams and pet owners.

Phase 2: Day of Anesthesia

Follow the links below to fine tune your protocols on the day of anesthesia to improve the anesthesia experience from " doorknob to doorknob. "

Inside AAHA: March 2020

AAHA Vice President Adam Hechko, DVM, discusses the value of having in-house diagnostic equipment, and how it can help provide better care and improve client loyalty. Also in this section, what every veterinary professional needs to know about the 2020 AAHA Anesthesia and Monitoring Guidelines , and an obituary for an AAHA past president.


References for the 2020 AAHA Anesthesia and Monitoring Guidelines for Dogs and Cats .

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