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Intravenous Fluid Therapy

(During Surgery) Your Vets

Are you looking for the best medicine for your pet? At Marshall and Pringle we strongly recommend I.V fluids during and after surgical procedures. If you elect I/V fluid therapy your pet will be placed on an I/V drip controlled by a drip pump prior to the anaesthetic and continued throughout the day until just prior to discharge.

The I/V drip will provide the following benefits for your pet:

  • Helps maintain blood pressure during anaesthesia
  • Animals under general anaesthesia will, in most cases, suffer from low blood pressure due to the drugs they have received. Low blood pressure results in decreased circulation to vital organs such as the liver and kidneys. The provision of intravenous fluids reduces the effects of low blood pressure.

  • Helps your pet maintain hydration and recover quicker from the anaesthetic
  • Upon completion of the procedure, intravenous fluid therapy speeds up the recovery time by diluting the anaesthetic agents circulating in the blood stream and by enhancing their metabolism and elimination through the liver and kidneys.

  • Instant access to a vein in the event of an unforeseen circumstance
  • When intravenous fluids are given to your pet they are done through a catheter placed in the animal's leg. Having this catheter in place means the Veterinarian has immediate access to your pets circulation system. In the event of an emergency, medications can be given immediately into the blood stream and therefore act quickly to alleviate the problem.