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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.

Dana Nelson
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BC, Canada
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March 12th, 2007
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Nikko was a cat I picked up from a litter at my grandparents farm. She was tiny and didn't meow the whole drive home (3 days, with some stops). She soon adjusted to life as a house cat and rarely ventured outside into the grass. She found our dog to be too full of energy and often could be found curled up under the covers on a bed. Today that is where she died peacefully. My younger brother came home to find her curled up on my parents bed. She will be greatly missed.

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