What are intravenous fluids?
Intravenous fluids are the delivery of fluids directly into your pet’s blood supply via a vein.
Why are they recommended?
We recommend intravenous fluids for all patients undergoing surgery to provide them with a safer and more comfortable anaesthetic. IV fluids help to maintain blood volume and pressure, as well as ensuring the vital organs (kidneys, liver, heart) are well perfused. IV fluids also help re-hydrate your pet after being fasted overnight, and aid in them feeling less drowsy when they start to wake from their anaesthetic.
What does it involve?
In order to deliver intravenous fluids we place a catheter into a vein in the front leg, hence creating a connection for the fluids directly into the blood supply. All patients undergoing sedation or a general anaesthetic have an IV catheter placed, thus alleviating the need for any additional needles for the anaesthetic agent. To place an IV catheter we first clip a small patch of hair halfway down the front leg, then clean the area with surgical scrub before placing the catheter in the vein. Once connected, we determine the best fluid rate for your pet based on their weight and the procedure being performed. We have state of the art computerised infusion pumps that ensure a measured and accurate delivery of fluids to your pet at the desired rate.
How long will my pet be on fluids?
Your pet will be placed on IV fluids approximately 60 minutes prior to the start of their procedure to hydrate them. Fluids will remain running throughout the procedure to support the cardiovascular system and kidneys, and continue during the post-operative recovery period until we’ve determined your pet is stable in recovery, adequately awake and eating.
Does my pet have to have fluid therapy during surgery?
If your pet is over the age of 7 years old, fluids are not optional. Senior pets often have more issues with lower blood pressure and are unable to metabolise the anaethestic agents as well as a younger animal. For your pet’s safety and a quicker, more stable recovery, we highly recommend fluid therapy before, during and after surgery.
What is the cost?
The cost of intravenous fluids during surgery is $114.35. This fee includes sterile catheter placement, drip set-up, a 1 litre bag of fluids, as well as infusion pump use prior to, during and after the procedure.
Last updated on 11 December 2019
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