If your pet ever has surgery, ensure this...

November 9th, 2022 at 10:19 am EDT

It's hard to believe, but you can actually make a difference in helping your dog or cat if they ever need surgery by asking a few questions.

Such as the importance of preventing surgical hypothermia ( ensuring that your veterinarian is keeping your pet adequately warm) in surgery. It happens way more common than you think, and can lead to serious complications.

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The importance of keeping dogs and cats warm in Surgery

In human medicine it is KEY to ensure people stay warm during and after surgery..

But not so much in veterinary medicine.

It can impact a number of key things..

When a patient is induced ( put under anesthesia), vasodilation allows warm blood from its core to cool down as it flows through the periphery.

If your patient becomes hypothermic ( low body temperature), several body systems can be negatively affected.

  • Decrease metabolic function, which can prolong recovery time.

  • Increased risk of infection

  • Increased chance of heart related side effects

  • Impaired ability to clot blood

  • Post operative shivering

  • Hypotension

  • decreased respiratory rate

  • diverted blood flow to the brain

  • impaired wound healing

Veterinary researchers decided to investigate the scale of these issues in animals, taking temperatures at different phases of hospital visits: before anaesthesia, during the operation, at the end of the operation, when the patient wakes up, and finally, a few hours later when the patient is ready to go home.

The results were sobering: nearly 90% of dogs and almost 100% of cats were found to be suffering from some degree of hypothermia.

These figures are high compared to humans: only 30 to 60% of humans suffer from some chilling after operations. This means that animals have a higher risk than humans of complications caused by hypothermia.

Anaesthetised patients should be kept off the cold surfaces made of metal, rubber and plastic at all times, instead being allowed to lie on blankets. When fluids are used for the patient (e.g. given directly as intravenous drips, or applied to the animal as a way of cleaning the operation site), these should be warmed first, where possible.

Blankets should be used at all times, beneath and on top of the patient: there are many types of fabric that can be used. Ideally, the blankets should be warmed first (e.g. in a tumble drier).

Direct heat - such as hot water bottles - has to be used with caution, as it's easy to burn an anaesthetised animal (they cannot move away if something is too hot).

The final part of this challenge is the most important: monitoring the temperature. The only way that you can tell if an animal is getting chilled is by measuring their body temperature. Through a process known as "clinical audit", many vets now monitor their clinic rates of optimal temperature in their patients, continually aiming to improve their patient care.

Minimising patient chilling is just one of many lessons that vets have learned from our medical doctor colleagues.

This an informative infographic that you can share with your vet..

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew

P.S. If your dog or cat is having surgery, ASK your veterinarian how they are going to keep your dog or cat warm, and monitor for hypothermia.

To learn more about the dangers of perioperative hypothermia and the different warming options available , have your veterinarian consider the especially this Fluid Warmer System by Smiths Medical. ( no affiliate or anything, just a good quality product that I wished I had used in veterinary practice ) :-)

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DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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