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IV Fluids - the facts

Did you know that our anaesthetics include intravenous (IV) fluids as standard? Below we tell you all you need to know about IV fluids. 

What are IV fluids?

IV fluids are liquids administered into your pet’s vein via a catheter. This system is sometimes referred to as a “drip”, “infusion” or “line”.

Why should my pet get IV fluids when they are anaesthetised?

When you pet is under anaesthetic they can’t drink, so IV fluids prevent your pet becoming dehydrated whilst they are anaesthetised.

Some drugs used during anaesthesia can cause your pet’s blood pressure to drop, which might lead to damage to their kidneys, heart and brain. IV fluids help to prevent this, making your pet’s procedure safer.

IV fluids continually flush the IV catheter that your pet will have placed into their vein. This means that the catheter is available for emergency use should the need arise to give intravenous drugs.

Are IV fluids safe?

Yes. In fact, administration of fluids during your pet’s anaesthetic is considered the gold standard in veterinary anaesthesia. Anything we can do to reduce the risk of the anaesthetic to your pet is a positive thing.

Why to Inglis Vets do this?

From experience and scientific evidence, we believe this is the best thing for our patients and your pets. Your pet’s safety under anaesthetic is paramount to us.

Does this cost me extra?

We only charge for the materials used to provide this service.

Don’t all veterinary practices do this?

No. While some practices do it as standard like we do, others charge large additional fees for fluids and some don’t give you the option at all.

Do all patients anaesthetised at Inglis Vets get IV fluids?

Nearly all. Only for very quick procedures using specific anaesthetics would we not do this. And, of course, we don’t charge you when fluids are not used.

If you'd like any more information regarding IV fluids, don't hesitate to contact us!