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Wednesday, May 25 • 08:00 - 09:00
Sedation and anaesthesia for foals and pregnant mares

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Anaesthesia of the pregnant mare or neonate can be difficult for a new or experienced anesthetist due to the seasonal nature of breeding and foaling.   As soon as you feel comfortable using sedation or anaesthetics in this population, the season ends and you get about six months to forget everything you have learned.  A review of the basics  for this population every winter/early spring is useful to stay prepared.   A neonate is very sensitive to any painful stimulus, necessitating good handling techniques.  Neonates are sensitive to the vasodilatory properties of anaesthetics.  In addition, they are also prone to hypoglycemia and hypothermia.  Some anaesthetics require significant hepatic metabolism, prolonging the effects of the drug in a population of animals with immature hepatic function.  Anaesthesia of the pregnant mare should be focused on maintaining oxygenation and perfusion (as with any anaesthetic patient) but with extra care in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative periods.   Mares have decreased bone density post foaling and require strength and assistance from anaesthesia.  Monitor blood electrolyte levels (supplementing calcium if needed) and assist recovery with ropes to avoid fracture.

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Dr Lori Bidwell

Lori Bidwell received her undergraduate degree (in Art History) from The University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and her DVM from Michigan State University in 2001 where she also completed an anesthesia residency in 2005. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 08:00 - 09:00 ACST
City Room 1 & 2 Adelaide Convention Centre