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Small Animal Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia

Luis Campoy (Editor), Matt Read (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-813-81994-5 February 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 304 Pages


Small Animal Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia is an up-to-date, complete resource for performing local anesthetic techniques in small animals. This practical, clinically oriented reference presents step-by-step procedures for performing common locoregional blocks and is organized logically by body system.  The first book to draw information on this topic into one resource, Small Animal Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia is equally useful as a comprehensive reference and as a quick source of information with checklists and pictures to assist with performing various blocks in practice.

Beginning with introductory sections offering an overview of general considerations for patient preparation and pharmacology, the heart of the book is devoted to detailed instructions for performing regional anesthetic techniques, including reviews of the literature, useful illustrations, diagrams, and clinical tips. Small Animal Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia provides an invaluable tool for veterinary anesthesiologists and practitioners who incorporate local and regional anesthetic techniques into their small animal practices.

Contributors vii

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Part 1 Considerations for Loco-regional Anesthesia 1

1 History of Regional Anesthesia 3
Kristopher Schroeder

2 General Considerations 11
Luis Campoy and Kristopher Schroeder

3 Patient Preparation 19
Luis Campoy and Matt R. Read

4 Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology of Local Anesthetics and Adjuncts 25
Manuel Martin-Flores

Part 2 Equipment 41

5 Equipment for Loco-regional Anesthesia and Analgesia 43
Matt R. Read

6 Peripheral Nerve Stimulators
Robert M. Raw, Matt R. Read and Luis Campoy

7 Ultrasound-guided Peripheral Nerve Blocks 77
Olga Seco, Laura Zarucco, and Luis Campoy

Part 3 Loco-regional Anesthetic Blocks for Small Animal Patients 87

8 Incisional Infiltration of Local Anesthetics and Use of Wound Catheters 89
Matt R. Read

9 The Eye 103
Elizabeth A. Giuliano and Karen P. Walsh

10 The Oral Cavity 119
Margherita Gracis

11 The Thoracic Limb 141
Luis Campoy and Matt R. Read

12 The Trunk 167
Matt R. Read and Carrie A. Schroeder

13 The Pelvic Limb 199
Luis Campoy and Stephan Mahler

14 Epidural and Spinal Anesthesia 227
Pablo E. Otero and Luis Campoy

15 Intravenous Regional Anesthesia 261
Francesco Staffieri

Index 273

“The book can be recommended for specialist anaesthetists and, in particular for trainees in the subject .It may also serve as a source of reference for veterinary surgeons in general practice who wish to develop the procedures in their practice.”  (The Veterinary Journal, 1 August2013)

“However, none of those books are as concise, thorough, and dedicated to local and regional anaesthesia of small animal patients as is this book.”   (Journal of The American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 March 2013)

“It will be useful and stimulating reading for any vet in small animal practice with an interest in anaesthesia, and will be particularly valuable for residents or those preparing for postgraduate examinations.”  (Veterinary Record, 7 September 2013)


  • Offers a practical, clinically oriented resource for regional anesthetic techniques
  • Outlines procedures using a step-by-step approach
  • Focuses on the practical application of regional anesthetic principles
  • Provides specific guidance for managing acute pain
  • Includes clinical photographs, line drawings, and tables to support the concepts described
  • Presents an extensive and up-to-date list of references