Help, my dog, or cat needs surgery! But a general anesthetic is dangerous, right? There are many myths and fears about anesthesia, which we would like to clarify for you.
Why anesthesia for dogs or cats?
First of all, anesthesia is nothing to be afraid of. Some owners postpone surgery due to fear of anesthesia. “What if my four-legged friend remains in anesthesia or is traumatized?”
Are concerns you occasionally hear. However, these have now become obsolete. Science has evolved, anesthetic technology is on the way.
Of course, we try not to apply anesthesia if it is not necessary. With certain procedures (such as castration, sterilization, dental cleaning, or a surgical procedure), anesthesia is indispensable and important for the well-being of your pet.
What is a regular process of dog or cat anesthesia?
Usually, vets start with a blood test beforehand. This is to exclude risks and to see how the blood values change after the procedure.
The anesthesia is based on gas, not by injection. You can regulate gas anesthesia very accurately and it also disappears from the body faster, which means that your pet will stay under anesthesia for less time and will suffer less from the treatment afterward.
After the procedure, your pet quietly goes to the hospitalization room, where he wakes up at a suitable temperature with dimmed light and under control.
What can you do in advance?
It is best to keep your pet indoors the night before the procedure so that you can easily bring them in the next morning to your vet. You should also put the food away from 8 or 10 pm, the night before the operation. Because your pet must be sober. Drinking water is still allowed. This prevents your four-legged friend from vomiting during anesthesia.
Are there any effects of anesthesia for dogs or cats?
Gas anesthesia makes your pet much less drowsy after surgery. Veterinarians monitor everything closely. When picking up, it is explained what you should pay attention to and what your pet is allowed and not allowed, you will also receive an accompanying information letter.
It is possible that your four-legged friend still has some problems after the operation. Fatigue and nausea are possible. Extra attention to the following tips ensures a smooth recovery in the first 24 hours after the operation.
- Provide a nice and warm home
- Make your pet pee when you return home
- Give the food in small portions and don’t let your pet eat or drink until he/she is fully awake
- Follow any additional directions from the vet
Your pet may receive medication after surgery. You must also carefully monitor the administration of this.