Banfield gives new anesthesia guidance

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Banfield Pet Hospital has published an updated edition of the company's pet anesthesia guidelines, which are available to all.

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Those guidelines, Anesthesia and Analgesia for the Veterinary Practitioner: Canine and Feline, are available at Their publication follows Banfield's also-free book "Anesthesia for the Pet Practitioner," the third edition of which was published in 2011.

In a Jan. 31 announcement, Banfield officials said they have collected vast amounts of data through more than 1,000 company hospitals, and they feel a responsibility to share their insights and resources with the veterinary profession.

The guidelines include a medical quality standards program that describes behaviors and actions supportive of a comprehensive anesthesia program. They also include aids for all phases of anesthesia, a dosage calculator, and a patient monitoring form.