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The incidence of anesthetic deaths in dogs and cats is greatest during postoperative anesthetic recovery, especially during the first three hours. Continued attentive monitoring by trained and dedicated personnel is highly recommended. Attention to body temperature regulation, continued airway management, and supplementary oxygen administration during recovery contribute to patient safety and the return of physiological stability.
(See the AAHA Anesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats and a webcast seminar, "The AAHA Anesthesia Guidelines in Practice.")
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