Monitoring small animal anaesthesia: where are we now?
09 Nov 2019
Murison, P. J.
Anaesthesia is performed daily in most small animal practices. Figures for the total number of anaesthetics administered are not readily available, but, with the most recent Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association pet ownership statistics
However, anaesthesia is not without risk. In the confidential enquiry into perioperative small animal fatalities (CEPSAF), Brodbelt and colleagues presented an overall risk of anaesthetic-associated death of one in 601 for dogs and one in 419 for cats.