Is General Anesthesia Safe For Your Pet?

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  1. This is extremely helpful. I too am one of those finicky pet parents that do not like the sound of anesthesia mentioned in a vet visit. I know there are times when this must be used, but it’s still a little frightening. I enjoyed the video. Very informative post.

  2. Thanks, Groovy Goldendoodles!

  3. We do all this at our clinics, thanks for the great information. Clients are so scared to have their pet go under general anesthesia, hopefully this will ease their minds. Sharing.

  4. Thank you and thanks for sharing, Sand Spring Chesapeakes!

  5. Great video, better understanding of veterinary or medical procedures can certainly remove some of the associated fear. I always like to be well informed and know exactly what I’m signing my kitties (or myself) up for.

  6. Elaine says:

    This was an interesting “behind the scenes” look at what happens before and after surgery. Haley has had several surgeries and it’s always a little stressful when she has to go in for a procedure. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Thanks, Elaine. I hope that this post and the video will help pet parents feel less anxious about having their pet put under general anesthesia for surgical procedures or dental cleanings.

  8. The sound of anesthesia mentioned in a vets office is a tad frightening, but I can see how it can be very helpful. Great video.

  9. Thanks, Talent Hounds.

  10. Great information! Even knowing all the facts you mentioned, I still worry with my older pets. What advice do you have about dogs and cats over the age of say 12 years?

  11. Hi Cathy. I am glad you enjoyed my post.

    For older dogs and cats over the age of about six or seven, the pre-anesthetic exam by your veterinarian is especially important. If your veterinarian hears a heart murmur or increased lung sounds, then, in addition to all of the things mentioned in my post (pre-anesthetic bloodwork, IV catheter placement, IV fluids administration, use of warming devices during the procedure, and use of vital signs monitors), pre-anesthetic chest x-rays and/or a cardiac ultrasound may also be indicated prior to anesthesia to make sure that your pet is a safe candidate for general anesthesia. If problems are found in the pre-anesthetic physical exam, in the pre-anesthetic bloodwork, or in any other pre-anesthetic diagnostic procedures, and the anesthetic procedure is an elective procedure that can be postponed, then it is best to treat any medical issues before putting your pet under general anesthesia.

    If you are looking for additional reassurance that your pet will be properly cared for before, during, and after anesthesia, ask your veterinarian what measures he or she employs to ensure your pet’s care, safety, and well-being while your pet is under general anesthesia. After reading this post, you know what the “standard of care” is. You might also consider requesting a tour of your veterinarian’s surgical suite and an explanation of the surgical equipment and monitoring devices that are utilized. Ask your veterinarian to describe the chain of events that occur when your pet is put under general anesthesia. Ask how pets are monitored when they are under general anesthesia and what your veterinarian would do if a problem arose.

    You might also consider checking out your veterinarian’s reviews on Yelp to read reviews from other pet parents to see if there have been any problems with other pets that have gone to your veterinarian for anesthetic procedures. Be sure to read the “Not Currently Recommended” reviews that are at the bottom of the Yelp reviews page. Sometimes unfavorable reviews get moved to the “Not Currently Recommended” section, so it is important to read those reviews too.

    Arm yourself with as much information as you can about your pet’s health and your veterinary team prior to scheduling an anesthetic procedure for your pet so that you can make an informed decision based on the potential risks versus the potential benefits of a proposed anesthetic procedure.

  12. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question!! I do have all of the things done that you recommended prior to any anesthetic procedure and also after like pain meds and IV fluids. In fact, thank goodness, my vet allows me to stay with our pets from beginning to end of any surgery with all of our pets. Even with that and watching our older pets (one dog and our kitty Lily), I still worry even with dental cleanings. I will however check them out on Yelp. Again thank you very much for answering my question!

  13. You’re very welcome, Cathy.

  14. This is a great resource. I was so nervous to put one of our cats under anesthesia but thankfully our vet was patient and explained much of this to us! Bookmarking to share later!

  15. I had to have general anesthesia for my eye surgery last week. I will admit that it made me nervous. However, just as I know it is mostly safe for me, I know it is mostly safe for my pet barring any special medical issues. Thanks for joining the hop.

  16. Thanks for sharing, 2 Brown Dawgs!

  17. Hawk aka BrownDog says:

    Hi Y’all!

    Great info. My Humans don’t seem to worry much about the anesthesia, they just don’t want me to have to be anesthetized more than absolutely necessary. When I had to have a growth removed from an eyelid, they did a dental and found a bad tooth which was removed. Yep, they cleaned those pearly whites too. They would have done my nails too, but my Human does them every couple of weeks and they couldn’t really take them any shorter.

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  18. Jodi says:

    Thank you for joining the hop.

    Both my dogs have been under anesthesia in the last 12 months, and Sampson has a tooth where the blood vessel exploded and she wants to remove it. I am a worrier and am just as anxious for them as I am for myself with any procedure. But it does make me feel better they are so conscientious of caring for my pets.

  19. Thanks for sharing, Jodi.