GI Complications Associated with Elective General Anesthesia


Most horse owners are familiar with the risks associated with equine general anesthesia, which range from the dangers of recovery to death. Another common complication is colic. And researchers recently took their understanding of post-anesthetic colic a step further by completing a retrospective study on the topic.
Brad Nelson, DVM, MS, a PhD candidate at the Colorado State University (CSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, presented a study in which he evaluated the risk factors associated with gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction in horses undergoing elective procedures under general anesthesia.