Drugs and anesthesia methods have made anesthetic procedures safer than ever. Your vets in Naples are always concerned about animal safety and it is important for pet owners to understand that there’s constantly some danger with every anesthetic procedure , however, with the best safety measures, even very young animals, older pets or animals with medical conditions can go through dental cleanings and veterinary surgery with relative ease. Below is a very informative article about the concerns of pet owners involving anesthesia in pets from the AAHA.
Conquering Fears of Anesthesia in Pets
I didn’t realize I had a fear of anesthesia until my veterinarian explained that my dog had stage 3 dental disease and needed a dental cleaning under anesthesia. As I learned, pets, unlike humans, won’t consciously tolerate a thorough examination of the full mouth; the only way a veterinarian can do the examination, cleaning, and any necessary extractions is to put the pet under anesthesia. The anesthesia, together with post-procedure pain medications, also minimizes the pain involved with cleaning and extractions. Thinking about how scared my dog would be as strangers poked around in her mouth, and also knowing much pain toothaches can cause, I quickly understood the need for the examination and cleaning under anesthesia.
But as we discussed the procedure, I felt nervous. I didn’t like the idea of my pet being anesthetized. What if she never woke up? When I started researching it, I discovered that many people are afraid of going under anesthesia themselves. According to “Psychiatric Issues in Surgical Patients” in Primary Psychiatry, about one-third of patients have a fear of anesthesia distinct from their fear of the surgery itself. I decided to look into how safe anesthesia really is for pets.
According to Richard M. Bednarski, DVM, MSc, DACVAA, a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist, “The most recent statistics indicate that the death rate related to anesthesia in pets is approximately one anesthetic-related death for every 1,000 anesthetized.” But, he says, “The dog or cat with a significant pre-existing disease, such as chronic heart or lung disease, is at an increased but acceptable risk, while the death rate for relatively healthy dogs and cats is less than this average.”
Read More at aaha.org/blog/petsmatter