At Danforth Animal Hospital, serving Edmond, OK and Oklahoma City, OK, we know how scary it can be if your cat or dog needs pet surgery. You might have questions about pet anesthesia and wonder whether it's safe. Fortunately, with today's advances in veterinary medicine, pet surgery and anesthesia are very safe. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about pet anesthesia.
Is My Cat or Dog a Good Candidate for Pet Anesthesia?
A veterinarian on our team will perform a physical examination and review your pet's medical history prior to administering any form of anesthesia. This is important to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia and to determine which type of anesthesia will be best.
What Are the Risks of Pet Anesthesia?
As with any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with pet anesthesia. However, these risks are minimal and can be effectively managed by a veterinarian on our team. Some of the possible risks include:
- • Allergic reaction to the anesthesia
- • Respiratory problems
- • Cardiac problems
- • Nausea and vomiting
A vet at our animal clinic will go over your pet's specific risks prior to surgery. For instance, if you happen to have questions about dog anesthesia, we can take care of your concerns and go over all details of your pet surgery beforehand.
How Is Pet Anesthesia Administered?
Pet anesthesia can be administered in several ways, depending on the type of procedure being performed and the preference of your vet. The most common methods include:
- • Injectable anesthesia: This is a form of pet anesthesia and is used for many surgical procedures. The anesthesia is injected into your pet's vein and takes effect quickly.
- • Inhalation anesthesia: This type of anesthesia is administered through a mask as a gas.
What Should I Do before My Pet Has Surgery?
Before your pet has surgery, you may need to fast them for a certain period. This is important because it helps to prevent nausea and vomiting. A veterinarian on at our animal hospital will give you specific instructions on how long to fast your pet and what they are allowed to have to drink.
You may also need to avoid giving your pet any food or water after midnight the night before the surgery. Again, a veterinarian on our team will give you specific instructions on what your pet can have to drink the morning of surgery.
Get Your Pet the Care He Needs at Danforth Animal Hospital
At Danforth Animal Hospital, serving Edmond, OK, and Oklahoma, OK, we understand how important your pet is to you. That's why we offer a wide range of veterinary services, including pet surgery and anesthesia. Contact us to learn more about our animal hospital or to schedule an appointment so your pet's surgery is safe and a success. Call us at (405) 340-1020. A vet on at our animal clinic is here to help.