Your pet may need deep sedation or anesthesia for various reasons. This has been recommended either to eliminate any pain that your pet could experience or to eliminate any movement that would prevent the doctor from being able to adequately perform the treatment.

For example: A thorough and painless teeth cleaning requires that the pet be asleep and motionless. Infected teeth can then also be treated.

Even when we ourselves are confronted with the need for anesthesia there is always that fear that the risk is high or that we will not wake up from the procedure. These fears are real even though the risk is not nearly as great as we think that it is. This is not to say that there is not some risk but with modern techniques now available these risk factors are minimal. If problems were to occur they might include:

        • respiratory (breathing) problems
        • heart irregularities
        • reactions to the drug

    Our hospital safely anesthetizes over 1000 pets a year without problems.

All pets needing anesthesia should have a complete physical examination and be in the best possible general health. This includes a good diet and being free of worms and other internal parasites. The doctor will make any and all recommendations to you regarding any tests or treatment for your pet before any anesthesia is administered.

We strongly recommend that if your pet has had any major illness, is over 7 years old, or if you are concerned about anesthesia that a blood test be taken to assure normal functioning of the internal organs. This helps the doctor minimize any risk.

After anesthesia, we require that your pet be fully awake before going home.

However, sometimes the pet may be slightly sedate. Be careful to not let the pet fall down the stairs or get into a fight with other pets. Any grogginess usually passes within 24 hours.


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