FAQs About Anesthesia
As much as you care for your pets, there will be times that they will need more than a little TLC. Due to an injury or medical condition, your furry friend might need to go under anesthesia for a procedure. This will likely cause you some mental discomfort and anguish since it can seem scary. To help calm your nerves, our veterinarians at Cascade Veterinary Center in Marysville would like to answer some of the common questions we run into regarding pet anesthesia.
Is Anesthesia Safe for Puppies and Kittens?
Generally speaking, anesthesia is fine for pets of all ages. There tends to be a higher risk for those 12 years old or older, but your puppy or kitten should be perfectly fine. Your veterinarian will discuss any potential risks that might be present.
How Will You Know My Pet Is Safe While Under Anesthesia?
Just like you would be in a hospital, your pet will be monitored throughout the entire process. One method of monitoring will be a member of staff who visibly observes your pet to ensure the vital signs are good. Other tools used can include everything an electrocardiogram, blood pressure monitor, heart rate monitor, respirometer, pulse monitor, and temperature monitor. You can rest assured that your pet is cared for every step along the way.
How Long Does It Take for Cats and Dogs to Recover From Anesthesia?
Most anesthesia can be reversed so that your pet is good to go pretty quickly. However, it can take up to a day for them to get back to their normal selves. You will probably notice that they are still tired or groggy for a while, which will be normal. If you notice anything concerning, it’s best to contact the veterinarian.
How Soon Can I Take My Pet Home?
You should be able to take your pet home on the same day as the procedure unless they require more monitoring for some reason. Routine procedures, however, usually mean you will take your pet home nearly immediately. The anesthesia will have been reversed, meaning that your pet will be able to walk.