At AMVS, we understand that when your pet undergoes anesthesia, you are very worried. However, we do take every possible measure to make anesthesia as safe as possible. Anesthesia related mortality (death) is very unlikely.
Our goal is to have a safe and healthy recovery with minimal-to-no discomfort. In general, most animals recover quickly from the anesthesia, but can still benefit from spending one night in the intensive care at AMVS. This allows us to continue the administration of IV fluids and pain medications and make sure you’re your pet recovers without problems.
First, a complete history is essential for your pet’s safety and crucial to us – so please let us know of any problems that you might be aware of (systemic disease, heart disease, problems with previous anesthesia). Please provide as much information as possible, even if you feel it is not related to the immediate problem.
Second, our complete physical examination and possibly radiographs will assist in identifying your pet’s anesthetic risks, such as underlying heart and lung disease.
Third, blood sampling and a urine analysis can detect underlying kidney and liver disease, which potentially affects metabolism and excretion of all anesthetic drugs, including pain medications.
All of these preliminary steps help us to choose a safe anesthetic protocol, which is tailored to your pet individually.
To find out more about anesthesia and what we do to prevent problems, please download a copy of our information sheet by clicking on the PDF logo.