01-06-2012, 06:24 AM
Join Date: Aug 2010
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Originally Posted by animalcraker
This is a relatively "new" thing that the vets are starting to really push and require for all pets. The 2 big reasons why vets don't push IV fuids is because owners don't want to cough up the money for the fluids and/or the vets don't have the staff avaliable to do it for every surgery patient. In a perfect world vet's should require IV fluids and pre-op bloodwork for ALL surgries.
As far as fluids, I can tell you from personal experience, it takes about 2 to 5 minutes for a tech to set an IV catheter and hang a bag of fluids. Its really very easy. Not sure what the costs are now, but "back in the day" it was a 2 dollar needle/catheter, a 4 dollar IV line, and a 10 dollar bag of fluids, or around that much. Once you set it up, it does not require a person standing there. You simply adjust the drip rate and walk away.
So personally, I think its so easy to do, and of such great benefit to the dog, not just to hydrate the pup, (who is by definition dehydrated from not being allowed water for 12 hours) but also to always have access to a vein in case of emergency... it just makes sense to me to do it.
But what do I know. I'm old fashioned and cautious!