In the Literature

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.

From the Page …

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.

Sign in to continue reading this article

Not registered? Create an account for free to read full articles on

To access full articles on, please sign in below.

Busy? Sign in Faster. Sign into with your social media account.
Up Next