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Dogs Cats and Anesthesia – Pet tip 239

Most cats and dogs undergo some type of surgery that requires anesthesia during their lifetimes even if it is only the surgery done for spaying and neutering. Other common procedures that require anesthesia include dental cleaning or dental surgery as well as repairing broken bones. Whenever surgery is done on a pet the topic of anesthesia arises. For the purposes of this article we will be talking about general anesthesia where pets are completely unconscious. We’ve all heard about the potential risks and possible complications regarding anesthesia in our own lives, and so it makes good sense to wonder about anesthetic complications when it comes to our pets as well.

Luckily, veterinary medicine has made huge strides in reducing anesthetic complications. So long as the pet is properly monitored during the actual surgery and the pet has been carefully prescreened for possible problems, anesthesia on pets is quite safe and problems are few.

mylah chu
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Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Syrian Hamster
Date of Birth:
Date of Death
2004, June 5
Coat Colour:
Golden Brown
Eye Colour:

GINGERbits & stuff:

  • name: Ginger (dude!)

  • weight: 0.44 lbs - approximately 200 grams on our kitchen scale.

  • height: 2 inches

  • breed: Syrian hamster, Golden brown in color with white underside.

  • has never bitten anyone - ever!

  • never grouchy, is not bothered when being wakened from her sleep. she expects a treat though.

  • loves to eat fresh fruits and veggies, yogurt drops, and dried alfalfa.

  • loves the hamster wheel. loves the hamster ball for exploring the house.

  • very clean. loves to lick herself (a form of self-grooming for hamsters).

  • territorial. a common behavior, poops and pees in the four corners of her cage. she sometimes pees in corners while in her hamster ball exploring.

  • she's a SqUeAkEr! the only hamster i have ever known to "talk" by squeaking. whenever she needs attention or gets excited, she squeaks. by sqeaking back she is sure to answer with a squeak.

  • has 6 stages in her daily routine: sleepingzzz (with bathroom breaks, eating and drinking in between) => just-woke-up (ears held back, eyes still droopy, but loves to be petted) => alertawake! (eating, drinking, excercising) => squeeeaking (excercising, all warmed up and excited, friendly and needs attention) => alertawake!-and-squeeeaking (exercising but she gets still and tail is rises especially when being petted) => bedtyme (meticulous in gathering enough bedding and food hoarding, sticks 'em in her mouth and dumps it all in her little house) => and the cycle goes on...

  • usually gets hiccups in the early evening, just about the time she has just waken up.

  • undoubtedly the best hamster pet and companion one could ever have!


  • was known to have easily "chewed" her way out of her habitrail safari cage. was once found taking a stroll through the second floor area outside my room.

  • gradually developed a way of communicating with humans in the form of hamster squeaks to grab attention from nearby people.

  • Ginger loves pictures. is known to stay still during camera shots during the "alert but squeaking" stage of her daily routine.



God saw you getting tired,
When a cure was not to be.
So He wrapped His arms around you,
And whispered, "Come to Me".

You didn't deserve what you went through,
So He gave you rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
He only picks the best.

And when I saw you sleeping,
So peaceful and free from pain,
I could not wish you back
To suffer that again.

- Author Unknown


We thought of you with love today.
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday.
And days before that too.

We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories.
And your picture in a frame.

Your memory is our keepsake.
With which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our heart.

- Author Unknown

Sadly, Ginger has gone to Hamster Heaven on 06/05/2004 around 3:30 pm. Good night, sleep tight, sweet dreams ginger dude! She now lays peacefully in our backyard.

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