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Warm air heating systems now available for pets

Bair Hugger warming systems have recently been installed in the surgery and intensive care unit at the Whyalla Veterinary Clinic, providing leading edge treatment for patients from around the Eyre Peninsula.

The clinical importance of preventing hypothermia in animals (becoming too cold) was recognised by the vets as a fundamental requirement for successful outcomes in seriously ill patients.

They chose the Bair Hugger system of forced air warming blankets to provide safe and effective heat distribution to the patient whilst supporting the patient’s weight on an air bed, avoiding any problems due to pressure points on hard surfaces

Commenting on the installation of the Bair Hugger systems Veterinarian, Dr. Andrew Melville-Smith, stated: “We are thrilled to have a Bair-Hugger available at the clinic. It is a pediatric (human) medicine patient warming system that surrounds a pet in a blanket of warm air.

“The surgery patient is kept toasty warm during surgery and recovery.

“Research has shown that keeping an animal warm during surgery will increase survival rates and significantly reduce complications in pets, as it does in humans.

“This has been the gold standard in human health care and we are pleased to be able to offer this to our animal patients now.”