Bolton Vet Experts Provide Tips to
Minimize Pet Anesthesia Risks
Anesthesia is a critical subject for pets. General
anesthesia is when your dog’s nerve response is
suppressed by administering drugs. During anesthetic
condition pet is in unconscious state. It does not feel any
pain and is also unable to move. Anesthesia can be done
locally by numbing a specific area of the body – like skin,
spinal cord, or the tooth.
Anesthesia is a part of surgery and every pet undergoing
surgery receives it. Numerous Veterinary Bolton
experts provide surgical procedures that involve
anesthesia administration to pets.
Division of Anesthetics in Various Categories
Local anesthesia is when pain is controlled on a specific
area of the body. The local anesthetics reduce the pain
but it is unable to keep the pet calm. In such cases, a
sedative or general anesthetic are generally used along
with local anesthetics.
Sedatives and Tranquilizers
These are used for relaxation of animals during the
procedures like - trimming of nails, drawing blood or when
taking x-rays. These drugs are injected into the muscle or
directly into the vein.
There are some sedatives which results in pain relief.
Several short acting drugs act as a reversal agents that
brings an animal back to an alert position. Domitor drug
is applicable for minor procedures where muscle
relaxation is not required as analgesic and sedative for
When we want animal to be in unconscious state or to be
unaware of the procedure like surgery, we use general
anesthetics. General anesthetic is used to block the pain
sensation or to prevent movement. In general anesthetic,
thiopental induction is used to make pet unconscious.
Risks of Anesthesia for your pet
Whenever anesthetic agent is administered, it has some
risks regardless of time taken while anesthetic procedure.
Approximately 1 in 100,000 animals show some sort of
reaction to an anesthetic agent. Various symptoms are:
Swelling at the injection site
Vomiting if pet has not fasted prior to anesthesia
Important Tips to Reduce the Risks of Anesthesia
Let your vet knows complete history of your dog before
starting the anesthetic procedure. Tell your vet about
your pet’s medications, vaccine reports, including its
lifestyle. All these things will affect pet’s response to
anesthesia. Diagnostic tests and pre-surgical examination
will be recommended by your vet. These tests assist in
discovering essential conditions which is necessary to
address before pet undergoes anesthetic procedure.
Advisable diagnostic tests generally include
Tests that evaluate sugar level, kidney, liver and
Complete blood count test to examine blood related
Electrolyte test to assure that pet is not dehydrated
It is your right to know about what is going to happen
with your pet during the surgery. You can ask any
question you want to know from your vet before the pet
undergoes anesthesia. Vet will ask you to sign a consent
form informing you about their recommended treatment.
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