Anaesthesia in the avian patient can be challenging and is associated with a higher risk of mortality compared to dogs and cats. This is risk is further increased when the approach to anaesthesia is poorly planned and suboptimal. The focus of this talk is to provide an introduction on how to approach anaesthesia effectively and safely in the avian patient.
The aims of this presentation are to describe and discuss:
- The unique avian anatomical features and why they are important to consider in relation to anaesthesia.
- Appropriate patient assessment and preparation prior to anaesthesia.
- Required anaesthetic equipment.
- Premedication and induction options available for commonly encountered avian species.
- Maintenance of anaesthesia and intraoperative monitoring.
- Recovery considerations and management.