Brachycephalic patients are commonly encountered within veterinary practice, and require special consideration for anaesthesia due to the anatomical abnormalities which feature in these breeds. These abnormalities include: stenotic nares, an elongated soft palate, laryngeal collapse, hypoplastic trachea, and laryngeal saccule eversion. These abnormalities have been grouped together into what is known as ‘brachycephalic syndrome’. When anaesthetising these patients careful consideration should be given to anaesthetic agents used, airway management, and analgesia, to ensure safe and smooth anaesthesia.
This 60 minute online tutorial for veterinary nurses will look at the pre-operative assessment – an important aspect of the patient’s history and clinical examination, how to select the best anaesthetic agents, as well as other vitally important aspects of anaesthesia including fluid therapy, fasting and recovery of these unique breeds.