NEUROMUSCULAR blocking agents or ‘muscle relaxants’ predictably provide profound relaxation during anaesthesia and are the most effective way of achieving surgical relaxation. Their use is complicated and currently they are not extensively employed in general veterinary practice. This article reviews the anatomy and physiology of neuromuscular transmission, which is a prerequisite to understanding the underlying action of neuromuscular blocking agents, and discusses how these drugs may be effectively employed to achieve adequate relaxation during surgery.
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