Opioid-free anaesthesia in three dogs

Opioid-free anaesthesia in three dogs

Journal

  • Journal title: Open Veterinary Journal
  • ISSN: 2226-4485 (print)2218-6050 (online)
  • Publisher: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tripoli
  • Country of publisher: libya
  • Date added to EuroPub: 2017/May/15

Subject and more

  • LCC Subject Category: Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Endocrinology, Pathology and Forensics, Veterinary Science,
  • Publisher's keywords: Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Open access Veterinary Journal
  • Language of fulltext: english
  • Full-text formats available: PDF

AUTHORS

  • Donna M. White | Department of Anaesthesia and Analgesia, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Sydney, Evelyn Williams Building B10, 65 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, NSW. 2050. Australia
  • Alastair R. Mair | Department of Anaesthesia and Analgesia, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Sydney, Evelyn Williams Building B10, 65 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, NSW. 2050. Australia
  • Fernando Martinez-Taboada | Department of Anaesthesia and Analgesia, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Sydney, Evelyn Williams Building B10, 65 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, NSW. 2050. Australia

EDITORIAL INFORMATION

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ABSTRACT

Opioid-free anaesthesia (OFA) is a relatively new and growing field in human medicine. There are multiple motivations behind this emerging practice with the recognition of several serious potential opioid-related adverse effects including opioid induced hyperalgesia, opioid tolerance and immunomodulatory effects of opioids. Opioids have long been the mainstay of veterinary anaesthesia and pain management practice. The feasibility of OFA in veterinary patients is presented here. A case series of three dogs that underwent OFA for canine ovariohysterectomy is reported. The authors conclude OFA is possible in veterinary medicine; however the move away from the familiar effects of opioids perioperatively is challenging. Gaining experience with these types of protocols for standard procedures in healthy animals, such as neutering, will provide the anaesthetist with the building blocks for more invasive surgeries.

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