What strikes fear into the heart of a pet lover? In many cases, it is the thought of “anesthetic complications"!What strikes fear into the heart of a pet lover? In many cases, it is the thought of “anesthetic complications"!
Unfortunately, some pet lovers, especially older people have experienced or know someone who has experienced pet loss secondary to anesthesia. The very thought of taking this risk is so frightening to some people that they choose to not treat there dog for preventable conditions such as tooth decay or remove lumps that may be malignant. These diseases then prove to be a far greater risk to the pet’s life than anesthetic.
THE GOOD NEWS! Fortunately, the news is good! Modern drugs and anesthetic monitoring equipment have greatly reduced the chances of anesthetic complication.
Today’s anesthetic drugs are extremely safe and have a much lower complication rate than drugs of the past. When administered competently, even the oldest of patients can usually be anesthetized safely and return home with no ill effect.