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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.

Bill Lukawy
Red Deer
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Date of Birth:
Sept 2003
Date of Death
Dec 7, 2004
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You were playing outside and made it past the front gate and were hit by a car.  I rushed you to the vet, we tried everything.  You were paralysed and had bladder failure.

I went to visit you constantly and the last day you cried so much except when you saw me.  I left the vet knowing I had to make a decision.  I came back 1 hour later and you looked at me, you were so happy.  I took a few pictures of you to remember you.  You were my pup at that moment.  After I took the pictures you just put your head down and I sat there holding you for a long time.  I went out and told them to make you happy again and to be able to run.  I came back and they gave you medication to sleep.  I died at that moment, I lost my friend, and my will to go on. 

The 2 cats are so depressed, they keep looking for you even though they saw the accident. The kitten is lost without his friend.

Buddy, you can run in the fields again and are no longer in pain.  I am taking you in the summer back to camp on  Lake Superior where you were most happy, you're going home.

You were only with us a short time and you were so young but the hole left in our hearts will always be there.

I'll miss you forever, I love you pup.


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