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Myths of Anesthesia

There are a lot of questions and myths surrounding anesthesia. Let’s debunk some of these myths and get to the sedated truth of anesthesia. 

  1. Anesthesia is risky. Yes it is risky but not as much as most people think. Less than 1% of cats and dogs die under anesthesia. This does not mean that there cannot be complications from anesthesia but the risks are often not as dire as people think.
  2. Biggest Risk is During Surgery. Most people think the biggest risk of complication to your pet is during surgery while they are actively under anesthesia. This is not true. The biggest risk is during recovery and when they are waking up. 50% of the pets that died from surgery died because of post-op complications not because of anything during the surgery or the anesthesia. This is why it is very important to let your pet recover post-surgery at your Los Lunas veterinary clinic and follow ALL the post-op instructions.
  3. All Anesthesia is the same. It is not. Every vet has their own technique for giving anesthesia, and the drugs can differ. If you are wondering what your vet does just ask and they will be happy to tell you what they are giving and what the administration procedure is.
  4. Pets of a certain age. Your pet has to be in a certain age range to go under anesthesia safely. This is both true and not true. For really young pets most vets will want to wait until your pet is of minimum weight. Meeting a weight minimum ensures your pet will be able to get the proper dosing and management. As your pet gets older it can be harder on their system to go under anesthesia, plus there can be underlying health concerns that make things more complicated. Many older animals go under anesthesia without any issue at all. But we tend to prefer to be safer rather than sorry. Often times it is a good idea to get your older pet fully tested and examined if they are able to handle surgery.
  5. Too sick for surgery. This is both a yes and no. Your Los Lunas vet will want to make sure that your pet is free from infection and anything else that could possibly complicate your surgery. However, if a pet is undergoing emergency surgery, the vet will likely assess the risk and triage any issues that arise. Going into surgery sick can lead to a longer and more complicated recovery.
  6. My pet will be groggy for days. Typically your pet will only be groggy for a few hours up to a day. If your pet is groggy for days you want to check with your vet as this may be a sign of an underlying health condition.

If you have any concerns about putting your pet under anesthesia please talk to your Los Lunas vet about it. We are happy to answer any of your questions. We typically put pets under anesthesia for spay and neuter, dental cleanings, declaw, cherry eye removal, and other small surgeries.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.