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American Kennel Club (AKC) Whole Dog Journal


Information on Bloat ANESTHESIA AND RIDGEBACKS* Depending on your dog and the procedure, there is considerable variation in what anesthesia a vet will use. Basically, there are two types of anesthesia: injectable and inhalant. Injectable anesthetics, also called induction agents, are used to get a dog unconscious, often in preparation for an inhalant anesthesia. Because sighthounds have so little body fat compared to other breeds, it’s important that a vet use an anesthetic that is fast acting and rapidly cleared from the body. Sighthounds have a lesser ability to metabolize barbiturates, which were once widely used as induction agents, and many vets avoid using them in Ridgebacks, often preferring faster-acting, newer injectables such as Propofol. Among inhalation anesthetics, two of the news gases, Isoflurane and Sevflurance, are considered equally safe and under most circumstances are equally fast acting, though the latter is currently more expensive. Most veterinary anesthesiologists agree that a vet should have equipment for tracking blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, and oxygen saturation in the blood during surgery. But just as important are another set of eyes and hands to monitor respiratory rate and gum color, and notice subtle changes well before the machinery does. Ask if the person monitoring is a certified vet tech, or if they have done any continuing education or training specific to anesthesia.” * You and Your Ridgeback: A Guide for Puppy Owners - Written and developed by the Owner Education Committee of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States, Inc.


Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States - organization of breeders dedicated to preserving the Ridgeback standard.

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