There are a number of procedures that would require your pet to be put under anesthesia. If your pet is being spayed or neutered, then your pet will need anesthesia. The same is true if your pet needs emergency surgery. Some pets need anesthesia if they need dental work. If your pet is scheduled for a procedure that would require pet anesthesia, it is not uncommon to feel anxious. While there are some risks when it comes to pet anesthesia, it is safe. Our veterinarians at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield will make sure that your pet is comfortable and well while your pet is under anesthesia.
What Are the Risks Of Pet Anesthesia?
There are a few risks associated with pet anesthesia. These include:
- Age: Pets need to be older than three months to be anesthetized. Any younger is risky. This procedure is also a risk for senior pets. Our veterinarians will explain the risks regarding your pet's age.
- Weight: If your pet is underweight, it will take longer for the anesthesia to wear off. If your pet is overweight, there will be too much fat and tissue along the chest wall. This can make it difficult for your pet's lungs to expand and get the oxygen that it needs.
- Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions make anesthesia risky. Liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and heart disease are a few.
If your pet has any of the risk factors for anesthesia, our Summerfield veterinarians will discuss them with you. In most cases, if anesthesia is risky, our vet will use it only if emergency surgery is necessary.
What Will The Vet Do To Keep Your Pet Safe While Under Anesthesia?
Our veterinarians’ main concern during surgery is your pet's safety. Because of this, several steps will be taken to ensure your pet’s health and safety throughout the entire procedure.
- Complete instructions: Before the procedure, our vets will give you a list of instructions. They will also go over each of the instructions with you to be sure that you understand. You should not feed your pet after midnight the night before the surgery. You shouldn't give your pet water on the day of the surgery. This will prevent your pet from vomiting while under anesthesia, which can aspirate in its lungs.
- Constant monitoring: Your pet will be continuously monitored while under anesthesia. While the vet is performing a procedure, a tech will be standing by monitoring your pet’s temperature, heart rate, respiration, and the amount of anesthesia being given to your pet.
- Monitoring during recovery: When your pet's procedure is complete and moved to recovery, your pet will be monitored. If your pet doesn't wake up within a set amount of time, our veterinarians will administer medication to help him wake up.
If your pet is having surgery and will need anesthesia, our veterinarians at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield, will answer all of your questions. It is our goal to make sure that you understand the risks and benefits associated with pet anesthesia. When our vet has your pet under anesthesia, you can be sure that your pet will be safe throughout the entire procedure. Call us at 336-643-2229 for more information.