IntroductionFluid therapy is defined as the correction of fluid deficits, and is an important aspect in the successful treatment of many medical and surgical conditions. The objectives of fluid therapy are:
Together, the objectives listed above work to restore an ADEQUATE CIRCULATING VOLUME OF FLUID.
This is particularly important in dehydrated animals showing signs of shock.
Fluid therapy is an exceedingly important subject in veterinary nursing. In critical care cases, fluid therapy may well be life saving. It is therefore essential to develop a sound working knowledge of the techniques involved in the selection of the most appropriate fluid for the patient, and the preparation and administration methods involved. It is vital to be able to accurately assess the degree of fluid loss in order to calculate the correct rate of administration.
Learning ObjectivesThe learning objectives of this chapter are:
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