What You Should Know About Anesthesia During Pet Surgery

What You Should Know About Anesthesia During Pet Surgery from our Durham Veterinarian

When you bring your pet to our clinic for pet surgery, you want to prepare in advance for potential complications. A key part of the preparation is recognizing the risks of anesthesia during a procedure. At the New Hope Animal Hospital, we take measures to keep your pets safe and healthy by ensuring you have the knowledge to avoid potential risks.

The Risks of Anesthesia During Pet Surgery

Anesthesia during pet surgery has potential risks to your dog or cat. Our Chapel Hill vet ensures that you have the ability to limit certain risks based on preparation; however, any pet may face potential reactions to the medication. The reactions depend on your pet and their health, so it may range from swelling and mild changes to your pet's heart rate to severe reactions like anaphylactic shock and death. 

Improper preparation may result in vomiting during the procedure. When a pet breathes while vomiting, it increases the risk of certain types of conditions like pneumonia and may result in complications or even death. 

When to Consider Anesthesia for a Dog Cat or Other Pet

You want to consider anesthesia for a dog cat or other pet when he or she needs a surgical procedure and a vet recommends the treatment. Always discuss anesthesia with a vet before deciding to proceed with the surgery.

Preparing Your Pet for Treatment from a Veterinarian in Durham

Due to the risks, you want to ensure that you prepare for any complications with our Durham Veterinarian. A key part of the process is fasting your pet before surgery. Do not feed your pet on the morning before the procedure or for 12 to 24 hours before surgery. Our Chapel Hill Veterinarian will discuss the preparations for anesthesia beforehand.

Caring for your pet may require surgical care and treatments. By understanding the risks of anesthesia, you ensure that your pets remain healthy when going through surgery. To learn more about preparing for a pet surgery or to set up an appointment, call 919-490-2000 today.

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