Reducing the risks of equine anesthesia

France-based veterinarians share tips to help doctors around the world keep their equine patients safer.

Emergency surgery at Clinique Equine Acy-Romance, which does standing procedures such as laparoscopies and dental procedures, to general anesthesia surgeries (elective and emergency), including castrations, arthroscopy, colic surgery, fracture repair and trauma surgery. Photo courtesy Clinique Equine Acy-Romance.

Due to their large size, nature, and predisposition to adverse reactions to certain anesthetic agents, it is common knowledge in the veterinary industry horses placed under general anesthesia are at a higher risk compared to smaller species, like dogs and cats. They can have a 0.9 percent mortality rate during non-colic surgery, which increases to nearly 11.7 percent during colic surgery1. The most common causes of mortality dur...


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