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Safer Anesthesia for Pets

Many pet owners worry about their pet having any surgical procedure because of risks involved in anesthesia. Today, you can worry less due to new techniques that make it much safer for the animal.

 

Concerned About Anesthesia?

If you are concerned about your pet being anesthetized, you are not alone. Many pet owners say they avoid getting their pet’s teeth cleaned or are worried about a necessary surgery because of the risks and side effects of general anesthesia. 

Safer Than in the Past

Some good news; anesthesia is safer today than in the past. Here are the main reasons why:

  • In the past, high doses of only one type of medicine was administered to the animal. 

  • High dosage of a drug increases the risks and side effects in the animal regardless of the type of surgery.

Multiple Drugs in Small Doses

Studies show that small doses of multiple drugs reduce the risks and side effects of anesthesia. A multi-modal drug process might look like the following:

  • First the animal is given a sedative or anti-anxiety drug to help them relax.

  • Second, the veterinarian administers an induction drug to make the pet sleep.

  • Next the pet is maintained on a gas to keep them relaxed and asleep.

  • Finally, I.V. fluids are given to keep the animal well hydrated.Veterinary staff, monitoring the equipment, keep the veterinarian constantly informed regarding the animal’s vital statistics.

Less Side Effects

This newer multi-drug process helps your pet stay healthy and happy before, during and after surgery. With this process their heart rate and blood pressure are more likely to be maintained at normal levels. There is adequate perfusion (blood flow) to the brain and other vital organ systems, therefore reducing the risk to those organs.

Get the Information You Need​

When your pet is relaxed, they recover more quickly. You can feel confident that my team and I are looking after your pet with the latest technology and procedures. If you have questions about your pet being anesthetized for a surgical procedure, make an appointment today to talk with me.

Your peace of mind is important and can affect your pet’s mood when s/he has an appointment to see the doctor. We want everyone to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Robert Smith January 23, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Why would you reject a relevant and humorus link to another Patch article. Please take a moment to read about Temple Grandin, and the possiblities of a nice tight 'sweater' lessing your pet's anxiety. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug_machine
Robert Smith January 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Please actually read the posting before deleting it, Patch Editor Robot. http://albany.patch.com/blog_posts/how-to-get-your-dog-to-wear-a-halloween-costume?logout=true

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