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Pet Anesthesia.

Occasionally, there are times when pets need medical procedures requiring anesthesia. Fortunately, the methods and drugs used in such surgery have improved greatly over the years. There are, however, a number of factors to consider when a pet needs to be anesthetized. First, is the physical strain the pet must endure. To help ensure the pets' safety, a physical exam is performed prior to the surgical procedure. This is to ensure the pet has a strong heart, lungs, and a healthy immune system. It is very rare for a healthy pet to have any problem with anesthesia, however, some older pets or pets with health problems can have trouble with the strain associated with the anesthesia. A veterinarian can help the pet owner weigh the benefits versus the risks from a particular surgical procedure.

Another consideration related to surgical procedures is the pets' care before and after anesthesia. Pets shouldn't eat for twelve hours before an operation because the anesthesia can make some pets nauseous. Special care should be provided after surgery too. Not only is the pet recovering from a surgical procedure, but not understanding what has happened to them, many pets are scared and confused after surgery. The effects of the anesthesia last different lengths of time for different pets. Some recover almost immediately, while others exhibit the effects for a day or more. It is strongly recommended that dogs not be left alone with children when recovering from anesthesia. A normally well-behaved dog may bite due to fear and confusion and/or feeling the effects of the drugs. One should consult their veterinarian if they have any questions or concerns about anesthesia. A vet can explain the details of the procedures and clarify the effects that your pet may experience.

 

 


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