Abbott Animal Health recently held a summit that saw the issue of preventing anaesthetic-related deaths among pets discussed by experts.
One such specialist, associate professor of veterinary anaesthesia at Colorado State University Dr Khursheed Mama, called for veterinary technicians to play a greater role in the development of care standards to minimise the risk of an animal dying due to anaesthetic-related problems.
According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the risk of dogs suffering from anaesthetic-related death is 0.1 per cent - significantly higher than the equivalent risk of between 0.02 per cent and 0.05 per cent for humans, Firstline reports.
Dr Mama noted that there are few qualified anaesthesiologists compared with the high number of surgical specialists available in veterinary care and said that technicians could be the key to preventing deaths because they are "vested in patients' wellbeing and often serve as their advocate".
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