How to Perform a Cesarean delivery (C-section) in a Dog | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Videos

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, Dr. Chris Ralphs, DACVS reviews how to perform a Caesarean section (C-section) in a dog and how to quickly remove the puppies (for neonatal resuscitation by your staff). Depending on the pet owner, either closure of the uterus or ovariohysterectomy (OVH) should be discussed prior to anesthesia/surgery. Once the puppies are removed either individually or en bloc, neonatal resuscitation of the puppies is imperative. It is vital skill set for veterinary technicians, anesthetists, and staff to help during a C-section. Several staff members should be available for puppy “hand off” into another room set up for resuscitation (e.g., flow-by oxygen, blankets, gloves, warm towels, suction bulbs, heat support, appropriate drugs if needed – naloxone, epinephrine, atropine, etc.). Resuscitation will include gently ripping off/removing the amniotic sac, suctioning the mouth and nose, vigorously rub the neonate to stimulate it, and symptomatic supportive care. Check out our video “Neonatal resuscitation following a C-Section in a dog” and “Anesthesia in the C-section patient” here!

For more information on anesthesia in the C-section dog, check out our VETgirl blog too!

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