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Savvas I, Raptopoulos D, Rallis T. A “light meal” preoperatively decreases the incidence of gastro-esophageal reflux in dogs. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2016;52(6):357-363.

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The overnight, or nil per os after midnight, standard is commonly used to determine the duration of withholding food for presurgical procedures; however, evidence supporting this standard is lacking.

This randomized, prospective study used 120 healthy dogs undergoing elective surgery. Half received their last meal 10 hours before premedication for anesthesia; the other half received their meal 3 hours before surgery. An esophageal pH electrode was used to assess for gastroesophageal reflux (GER) during the surgery.


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