Produces significant and often avoidable complications, delays recovery
Temperatures should be monitored intro op if procedure is long, prolonged, complicated or one is operating in extreme environmental conditions.
Warm ambient temperatures are not conveyed to a table surface. Heat loss form an animal to the table surface can be significant. Always have something between anima and table surface such as a dry towel, bubble wrap, newspaper.
Keep patients dry and warm. Fluid soaked animals are much more prone to hypothermia as they lose heat on a surface colder than they are.
Keep heat sources such as socks filled with rice, warm water bottles, etc. available. Never put a heat source directly against an animal’s skin.
Minimize the use of water/cold prep solutions. Excess prep liquid should not be squeezed onto the surgical surface of the animal. Alcohol greatly and rapidly lowers body temperature.
If working in extremely hot environment with minimal to no ventilation, employ methods to keep body temperatures within normal parameters
Fans, cool floors, IV fluids, cool water bottles