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Pet Anesthesia At Radford Animal Hospital

If you're not familiar with the process, having your pet put under anesthesia can be a concern. But it's simply better and safer for your pet to be anesthetized during certain procedures in our office. At Radford Animal Hospital, your pet's health and well-being are our first concerns. We never take the decision to use pet anesthesia lightly, but weigh the concerns and benefits before deciding to proceed.

Cat Being Prepped For Anesthesia

What is Anesthesia in Pets?

For pets as well as for humans, anesthesia is a way to create a controlled unconsciousness. During anesthesia in our office, we control your pet's level of consciousness so he doesn't move or feel any pain. Not only is this safer for your pet during certain procedures, but it also minimizes the trauma that pain and fear can cause in any pet. Most healthy pets don't have any problem with anesthesia, and we monitor every pet closely during each procedure to ensure the safest experience possible.

Reasons a Veterinarian Uses Anesthesia

Our veterinarian makes decisions about pet anesthesia on a case-by-case basis. Some of the more common reasons we might use anesthesia on your pet are:

  • Teeth cleaning and other dental procedures
  • Setting broken bones
  • Emergency surgery
  • Planned surgical procedures

Risks of Pet Anesthesia

While anesthesia is safe for almost all pets, the risks are higher among certain types of animals. We may still recommend anesthetizing your pet if she falls into one of these classes, but we'll take extra care to avoid side effects.

  • Certain ages: Very young pets may not respond very well to the medication, while older pets often have physical conditions that can result in complications
  • Overweight or underweight pets:  Smaller animals need less medication and have less body fat for the drugs to distribute through. Without any fat for the drugs to go to, they can hang around longer. Overweight pets can have breathing difficulties and might be hard to position during surgery.
  • Cats: are generally much more temperamental than dogs, making it more difficult in general to put them under anesthesia
  • Certain breeds: Dogs with pushed in faces, like Boston Terriers and Pugs, as well as Himalayan and Persian cats, can be much more difficult to anesthetize due to breathing issues.
  • Prior medical conditions: It's always a concern if your pet has heart failure, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, or other chronic conditions. Always discuss with our veterinarian any health concerns your pet has before surgery.

Contact Our Radford Office Today!

If you have any concerns about anesthesia or any other veterinary procedure, we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call at (540) 639-3891 and we'll arrange a consultation with our veterinarian.