If your pet will be undergoing a surgery or other major procedure or treatment at a pet clinic in the near future, it is likely that your vet will recommend that your pet be placed under anesthesia prior to the procedure itself. As a pet owner, you may understandably have some questions or concerns about anesthesia, its risks, and what it entails. By having a better understanding of why anesthesia used and how it can benefit your pet, you can be better prepared for your pet's upcoming treatment.
Reasons for Pet Anesthesia
There are many procedures in which anesthesia may need to be used. For some minor procedures, your vet may recommend local anesthesia, which involves numbing just a part of your pet's body. In most cases, however, general anesthesia is recommended. During general anesthesia, your pet is essentially placed under controlled unconsciousness, meaning he or she will not be alert for any of the procedure or feel any of it.
Some common procedures where anesthesia may be used include surgeries (like spay and neuter) as well as dental treatments.
Benefits of Pet Anesthesia
There are many ways in which anesthesia can benefit your pet aside from ensuring that he or she feels no pain during the procedure itself. Even in a treatment that is more-or-less painless, such as a dental cleaning, pets may become extremely agitated and stressed if they are awake and alert. By placing your pet under anesthesia, your pet can avoid this stress and the veterinary team working on your pet can do a thorough, precise job without any hassles or worries about your pet squirming around.
What You Need to Know as a Pet Owner
If your vet is recommending that your pet be placed under anesthesia for a procedure, be sure to insist on pre-treatment blood work and labs if the vet hasn't mentioned this already. These labs will help to determine the safe amount of anesthesia that will be needed for your pet's size and weight. Furthermore, be sure that your pet's vital signs will be carefully monitored not just before and during your pet's treatment, but until he or she comes out of anesthesia as well.
Pet anesthesia is necessary and beneficial for a number of reasons. As a pet owner, being educated on pet anesthesia, how it works, and how to care for your pet afterwards can help you be better prepared for your pet's upcoming treatment.