Author Archives: Ken Crump

Anesthesia protocols. What do these drugs do?

Milton Burro has a hoof abscess.  You have to be a certain age to know why Milton Burro is a funny name.  He’s my burro, but I don’t take credit for naming him.  And he’s not wearing a blindfold in … Continue reading

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Anesthesia for Pocket Pets

With nearly 44 million exotic small animal pets in the US, sooner or later you’ll find yourself anesthetizing one in your practice.  And with pet rats becoming the ever more popular exotic pet of choice – especially in states where … Continue reading

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Let’s Just Mask Him Down

The Quizlet flashcard question asks, “What are the uses of mask induction?”  Quizlet  is an online study tool that uses flashcards to help improve your retention.  They call it a simple tool for learning anything.  The mask induction flashcard is … Continue reading

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Rebreathing or Non-rebreathing?

Most veterinary practices have a policy in place to decide which patients use a rebreathing circuit and which use a non-rebreathing circuit during gas anesthesia.  In general, smaller patients use a non-rebreathing circuit and larger patients use a rebreathing circuit. … Continue reading

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6 Tips to Success with Darvall Heated Breathing Circuits

With more and more practices turning to Darvall Heated Breathing Circuits to manage hypothermia during anesthesia (especially during National Pet Dental Health Month), we’ve put together a quick list of tips to help you get the most benefit from warming from … Continue reading

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Hypothermia and the Veterinary Dental Patient

To highlight the importance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA designated February as National Pet Dental Health Month.  Clients who appreciate the safety and convenience of non-anesthesia dentistry may question the need to have their pet face the … Continue reading

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VSPN – A Great Online Resource for Veterinary Anesthetists

Sometimes finding the answers to anesthesia questions can be tough.  But what if you had a whole group of friends you could count on, who understood the everyday challenges you face in practice and were eager to discuss them with … Continue reading

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A Two Minute Overview of Peri-Anesthesia Hypothermia: The Problem & The Solution

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Go With The Flow – How to decide the oxygen flow rate for small animal anesthesia

Let’s begin this article by saying, “You’re right!”  Whatever oxygen flow rate you routinely use when anesthetizing your patients, whether it’s determined by careful calculation, by habit, or by setting it where you’re told to set it, “You’re right!”  This … Continue reading

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Effective Patient Warming

A special guest blog post by Dr Colin Dunlop. Colin Dunlop is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists. His research interests include hypothermia and prevention of anesthesia morbidity and mortality. He consults in anesthesia and critical care … Continue reading

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