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Anaesthesia for Caesarean section and for the pregnant patient

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Abstract

Case-based data are available to support or recommend best practice for anaesthesia for Caesarean section in cats and dogs. This chapter reviews the available literature, the relevant pharmacological and physiological changes that occur in the parturient small animal patient and, where possible, makes best-practice recommendations for maternal and neonatal patient care.

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26.4 A heavily pregnant patient will have an enlarged abdomen, which could promote hypoventilation and atelectasis. Endotracheal intubation and ventilation of the lungs may therefore be necessary. (Courtesy of Tanya Duke-Novakovski, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
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26.5 Puppies may require supplemental oxygen using the ‘flow-by’ technique. This technique will provide inspired levels of 40% oxygen. (Courtesy of Tanya Duke-Novakovski, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

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