When your dog is spayed or neutered or has any other type of surgery, general anesthesia is typically required. As a pet parent, it is natural to be concerned about your dog being put under anesthesia and you want to know what to expect. Here are a few answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about canine anesthesia.
How Can You Prepare Your Dog for Anesthesia?
Your doctor will give you explicit instructions to follow the night before your dog's procedure. For example, you will be instructed to stop feeding your dog at a certain time or to stop giving your dog certain prescription medications that can counteract the anesthesia.
In addition to this, there are other ways to protect your dog and ensure there are fewer complications. Tell your veterinarian if your dog has ever had an allergic reaction to anesthesia in the past. Your vet will recommend certain tests be performed before the surgery, including testing your dog's liver and kidney function.
These tests are critical to ensure your dog is healthy enough to process and eliminate the anesthesia once the procedure is over.
Is Anesthesia Dangerous?
In most cases, your dog will tolerate the anesthesia well and there will be no issues. However, in rare cases, your dog may have an adverse reaction to the anesthesia, which can lead to complications. Your vet will discuss any possible side effects of the anesthesia and between you and your veterinarian, you will make an informed decision about whether your dog is well enough to handle surgery.
Will There Be Someone Monitoring Your Dog's Anesthesia?
During the procedure, there will be several technicians assisting the veterinarian. One technician will constantly monitor your dog's vitals and maintain the anesthesia to ensure that your dog is properly sedated.
How Can You Help Your Dog After Receiving Anesthesia?
After the procedure, it will take several hours for the anesthesia to wear off. Taking care of your dog during these few precious hours is critical. Take your dog home only after it is recommended by the veterinarian. Monitor your dog closely and offer your dog water. Don't be surprised if your dog is not interested in food or water for several hours.
Encourage your dog to lie down in a safe space that is away from people, your other pets, or any other dangers, including the stairs.
Canine anesthesia is often required if your dog is being spayed or neutered. Contact your vet with any other questions.