November 27, 2017

Indications for Giving Fluids by Different Routes

Deborah Silverstein, DVM, DACVECC, associate professor of critical care at the University of Pennsylvania, talks about the various indications for giving fluids by different routes.


Deborah Silverstein, DVM, DACVECC, associate professor of critical care at the University of Pennsylvania, talks about the various indications for giving fluids by different routes.

Intravenous fluids are commonly used for animals that can't eat, can't drink, or have ongoing losses. This is one of the cleanest, most effective ways to increase hydration. 

Oral hydration is the best way to give fluids because it's the most natural. If an animal can voluntarily take fluids through the mouth, then that's ideal. 

Subcutaneous fluids are indicated for the more stable patients that need fluids due to things such as dehydration or excessive urinary losses. 

Intraosseous fluids only indicated for the patients where the veterinarian is unable to get intravenous access in.

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