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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:19 PM - 0 Comments

A hardy way to keep that bandage dry...

Published by Stacy ?. Filed under: , , , Instead of using gloves to keep foot bandages dry try using an old drip bag. Cut the bottom of the drip bag off and cut a few slits around the top of the bag to thread a bit of bandage through and tie it around the animal's leg.
Sat, 05 Jan 2013 9:58 AM - 10 Comments

Emergency fluid therapy for birds of prey

Published by natasha holland. Ever had a sparrow hawk in desperate need of some warm fluids but it's stressed out and moving, and restaining would cause more harm to inject SC? In practice we have found that placing a mug of boiling water (obviously not so close the bird could...
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 7:49 AM - 2 Comments

Tail amputations

Published by GCBatty. To stop patients damaging their tails after an op/amputation, save a few vetwrap cardboard rolls or syringes for smaller patients to put over the end so it can protect the area and still allow it to breathe. Heals much quicker and you don't get the...
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 4:25 PM - 2 Comments -

Protecting a bandage from recovery soiling!

Published by Michelle Dyke. Filed under: When patients are recovering from a GA with a RJ dressing/splint on which you have taken special care to apply under the GA, to prevent the dressing from becoming soiled from urine/diarrhoea, then lightly tape a buster op cover around the dressing, they...
Fri, 24 Jun 2011 8:06 AM - 10 Comments -

Preventing post op hypothermia

Published by Deana Schneidau. At our practice, to stop patients from developing mid/post op hypothermia, in addition to covering the patient in a blanket (apart from where the VS wants to operate on), we put baby socks onto their paws to help keep them warm. The socks are just the...
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:35 AM - 0 Comments

Resuscitating neonates

Published by lorna kirk. Filed under: When resuscitating neonates that are slow to breath, try blowing gently in the direction of their nose & mouth once you have cleared their nasal & oral passages. Carbon dioxide as we all know is a great respiratory stimulant! Tiny puppies or kittens...
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:29 AM - 0 Comments

Warming Intravenous fluids

Published by lorna kirk. If you are nursing hypothermic patients & need to keep intravenous fluids warm, use a piece of tape to tape the giving set to a snugglesafe or electric heatpad - ideally this needs to be as near the patient as possible as any space between the taped...
Thu, 02 Dec 2010 8:00 AM - 4 Comments -

Mask Anaesthetics - prevent leakage

Published by sophie chedgzoy. Filed under: , , , When animals are breathing in GA gasses via a face mask, gasses may leak out and cause harm to the staff. Place the mask on the animals face + attach it to the circuit. Tie some WOW bandage around the base of the mask, push the knot around so that it...
Thu, 02 Dec 2010 8:00 AM - 3 Comments -

Rabbit GA's - Persistant Pedal Reflex

Published by sophie chedgzoy. Filed under: , , , , , , , , Rabbit anaesthetics! Although the pedal reflex always disappears in animals under anaesthetic, this stays in the rabbit! This is a very affective way of monitoring the depth of a rabbit's anaesthetic. When a rabbit is in a medium plane of anaesthesia...
Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:04 PM - 10 Comments -

ET tube measurement

Published by jenny urquhart. Filed under: I was told this tip by a South African Vet.. Not sure if it has been scientifically researched, but seems to work! When judging what size of E.T tube to select for a canine patient, take the tube and measure it's width against the gap between the...
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