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Handbook of Small Animal Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia Techniques

Handbook of Small Animal Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia Techniques

Phillip Lerche, Turi Aarnes, Gwen Covey-Crump, Fernando Martinez Taboada

ISBN: 978-1-118-74180-1

Jan 2016, Wiley-Blackwell

104 pages



This is a concise visual guide to the major techniques of regional anesthesia and analgesia for small animal practitioners, with complete coverage of the relevant physics, physiology, and pharmacology.
  • Provides straightforward advice and easy-to-implement strategies for general veterinary practitioners without specialist training who want to incorporate regional anesthesia into their practice
  • Features an accessible design with plenty of diagrams and photos and a convenient and robust spiral-bound format that lays flat for use during procedures
  • Broken into sections which explain techniques by limb or body part and by species
  • Details important anatomy (nerves, bones, and vessels), as well as possible side effects and complications

1 Introduction

Reasons to provide regional anesthesia


Complications and contraindications

Species differences and considerations

Safe practice


Further reading

2 Cutaneous Innervation Index

Cutaneous innervation index

Canine dermatomes

3 Infiltration Blocks

Infiltration for mass removal

Block of the surgical incision

Intercostal blocks

Interpleural block (also known as intrapleural or pleural)

Intraperitoneal block


4 Blocks of the Head




Mandibular (or inferior alveolar)

Mental (or middle mental)

Auriculotemporal and great auricular


5 Regional Anesthetic Blocks of the Limbs

Thoracic limb regional anesthetic blocks

Pelvic limb


6 Epidurals and Spinals

Lumbosacral epidural and spinal in dogs

Lumbosacral epidural in cats

Caudal epidural in dogs and cats


7 Emergency Procedures

Complications associated with local anesthetic techniques

Complications associated with local anesthetic drugs


Further reading


"Overall, this book is an excellent addition to the literature and will be appreciated by anyone interested in local and regional anesthesia." (Journal of Veterinary Medical Association 15 June 2016)

"Practicing small animal vets and reference collections catering to them will find Handbook of Small Animal Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia Techniques an excellent, at-a-glance synthesis of technical information." (Donovan's Literary Services 2016)