Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Anesthesia: in geriatric

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd

Introduction

  • Definition: geriatric = age >0.5 of expected life span for breed.
  • In general, anesthetic risk increases because old animals have a decreased ability to compensate for the physiological stresses of general anesthesia and surgery.
  • Complications often develop rapidly.
  • Physiologic and health status are more important than chronological age.

Physiological changes with age

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Pharmacodynamic changes

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Anesthetic management

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from VetMedResource and PubMed.
  • Joubert K E (2007) Pre-anesthetic screening of geriatric dogs. J S Afr Vet Assoc 78(1), 31-35 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • C I Dunlop (1996) Anesthetic care for Geriatric Patients. BSAVA Congress Proceedings.


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