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Study: Protocol cuts pneumonia risk in dogs undergoing radiotherapy

A modified anesthesia protocol was associated with a reduction in pneumonia risk among dogs undergoing radiation therapy in a study published in Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound. The modified protocol involves placing patients head-up during intubation and recovery; emphasis on aseptic handling of intubation equipment; immediate inflation and deflation of the endotracheal tube cuff; reduced or no use of hydromorphone; and judicious use of butorphanol, prophylactic antiemetics and anticholinergic drugs.

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