Fluid therapy is important for many medical conditions in veterinary patients. The assessment of patient history, chief complaint, physical exam findings, and indicated additional testing will determine the need for fluid therapy.
The AAHA/AAFP Fluid Therapy Guidelines are summarized as follows:
Evaluation and monitoring parameters that may be used for patients receiving fluid therapy include:
Determining the route of fluid administration
Recommended maintenance fluid rates
Recommendations for Anesthetic Fluid Rates
A review of fluid therapy.
The assessment of patient history, chief complaint, and physical exam findings will determine the need for additional testing and fluid therapy. Assess for the following three types of fluid disturbances: