Equine Anesthesia 2nd Edition, All veterinary team members involved in the everyday care of horses that require anesthesia or special emergency care will benefit from this reliable and inclusive resource.
Equine Anesthesia: Monitoring and Emergency Therapy, 2nd Edition
This text provides all of the information needed to prepare, conduct, and monitor the administration of drugs in order to produce safe and effective anesthesia, treat pain, respond to adverse effects, and perform and monitor emergency and critical care treatment. It is the most comprehensive and detailed book available on these subjects, addressing the needs and concerns of practitioners in both hospital and field settings.
The first edition of this book, published in 1991, was written “to provide the specialist interested in equine surgery and anesthesia, the veterinary surgeon, technical support staff, and veterinary students with a thorough and in-depth discussion of equine anesthesiology.” The preface to that edition noted that the evolution of the practice of equine anesthesia had been slow but that the incidence of postoperative myopathy had dropped dramatically because of the adoption of improved monitoring techniques and methods for cardio-pulmonary support, including the use of vasopressors and mechanical ventilation.
Much has been learned from the writings and research of those interested in equine anesthesia (see Chapter 1; “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” Edmund Burke) and the 17 years that have passed since the first publication of this text. Most of the original contributors have agreed to rewrite, update, and expand their original contributions to further define the art and science of equine anesthesia. New chapters on pain management; anesthetic adjuncts; and techniques for induction, maintenance, and recovery from anesthesia focus on areas of increased concern and a need for improvement. They provide a relatively succinct presentation of what is known and offer suggestions for future direction. A new chapter on anesthesia of donkeys and mules broadens the text to include other members of the genus Equus encountered by the equine veterinarian.