Presentation Description / Session Abstract: Many veterinary oncology patients require anesthesia or sedation to safely perform diagnostic procedures and treatments. Factors to consider when creating a drug protocol for these patients include tumor characteristics (ex: size, location, etc.), extent of disease, procedure to be performed, and patient health concerns such as co-morbidities. This session will focus on anesthesia and sedation practices specific to veterinary oncology patients. Emphasis will be placed on diagnostic procedures and treatments, with less attention to major surgery anesthesia. Cases in which cancer related anesthesia complications occurred will be reviewed. Providing safe anesthesia for every patient is imperative. This safety is achieved only when the anesthetist is mindful of the various ways cancer can interfere with a typically low risk anesthetic event.
Understand how and why specific cancer types can affect anesthesia safety.
Learn why particular drugs are indicated or contraindicated for certain tumor types.
Identify and manage cancer related anesthesia complications.