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Sheilah A. Robertson, BVMS, Phd, MCVS, CVA, Dipl. ACVA, Dipl. ECVA


Age remains pertinent to anesthetic management
September 1, 2006

There is no universally accepted definition of old age and as we are all aware, some people and animals age better than others. Because of advances in veterinary medicine, the average lifespan of cats and dogs has increased and according to recent AVMA statistics, about 30 percent of the owned pet population in the United States is considered geriatric (Wise et al, 2002). As senior care becomes a significant component of companion animal practice, we must be aware of the special anesthetic requirements of this population.

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