Dogs and cats may not be able to maintain a normal body temperature for a variety of reasons. For example, body temperature tends to decrease during and after general anesthesia and these patients sometimes need assistance regulating their temperature.
Patients that develop a low body temperature are at increased risk for serious complications including death from cardiac arrest.
At Savannah Veterinary Internal Medicine & Intensive Care, we have access to multiple methods to supply external heat safely to patients, including blankets that contain warm water within them, blankets that have warm air forced through them, andblankets that become heated by an electrical charge within them. Patients are warmed until their body temperature returns to normal.
Patients that are warmed by external devices are constantly monitored by a registered veterinary technician to ensure that they don’t become overheated.