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Fluid Therapy

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.

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Evaluation and monitoring parameters that may be used for patients receiving fluid therapy include:

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Determining the route of fluid administration

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Recommended maintenance fluid rates

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Recommendations for Anesthetic Fluid Rates

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A review of fluid therapy.

General principles and patient assessment

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:

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