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Equine General Anaesthesia


General instructions

  • One section of hay can be offered overnight before general anaesthesia (GA) and a small amount of hay can be offered in the morning if GA is performed in the afternoon
  • No hard feed should be given in the morning of the operation
  • Water should be available up until 1 hour before surgery
  • If the horse is grass-kept it should be brought into a stable with no food/hay 4-6 hours prior to surgery.



Requirements For The Operation

  • A suitable, dry, spacious, quiet Most procedures requiring a G.A. are carried out in a large ménage or outdoors.
  • The surface preferably should be soft, clean, dry & ‘dust-free’.
  • A clean bucket with warm water
  • A clean, relaxed patient (if possible!).
  • One capable person available to hold the patient
  • The vet may need a nearby power point to provide extra lighting or for the use of electrical equipment if necessary, please check with the vet.

A consent form should be signed prior to the GA. This confirms the acceptance of the associated risks & authorisation for the relevant procedure to be carried out.

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