Basics of mechanical ventilation for dogs and cats

Katrina Hopper, Lisa L. Powell

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Respiratory failure may occur due to hypoventilation or hypoxemia. Regardless of the cause, emergent anesthesia and intubation, accompanied by positive pressure ventilation, may be necessary and life saving. Long-term mechanical ventilation requires some specialized equipment and knowledge; however, short-term ventilation can be accomplished without the use of an intensive care unit ventilator, and can provide oxygen supplementation and carbon dioxide removal in critical patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)955-969
Number of pages15
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Hypercapnia
  • Hypoventilation
  • Hypoxemia
  • Intubation
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Positive pressure ventilation
  • Respiratory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals


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