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Surgery / Anesthesia

What risks are there with anesthesia for my dog or cat and how are these risks minimized?

Modern anesthetics have greatly enhanced the safety of anesthesia.  Despite these advances, there are still risks associated with any anesthesia.

Anesthetic risk for healthy young dogs and cats has been estimated to be near or below 1% of all cases for some time.  Much of this is due to careful attention to understanding possible pre-existing conditions that may impact anesthesia, as well as the institution of safety measures and monitoring of the patient during the procedure.

Some complications from anesthesia can arise from factors that we have control over and others come from factors that we cannot control.  Individual pets can be particularly sensitive to anesthetic agents, and this is difficult if not impossible to determine prior to a surgery.  Other factors, including pre-existing medical problems, can be determined and managed prior to and during anesthesia.

At the Sun Prairie Pet Clinic, every patient that will be anesthetized is safeguarded with measures prior to and during anesthesia to minimize risk.  Prior to anesthesia, each patient is screened with a medical examination and pre-anesthetic blood work; if any complicating factors are found then the anesthesia is altered or cancelled.  During anesthesia many vital parameters are monitored, including oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate.  Perhaps most importantly, each patient is constantly monitored by an experienced member of the technical staff for the entire duration of the anesthesia, from induction to recovery.

By |September 27th, 2013||

When is the ideal time to spay or neuter my pet? Is a declaw procedure for my cat appropriate at the same time?

A spay surgery is the removal of ovaries and uterus in the female; a neuter surgery is removal of the testes in the male.  A declaw procedure is the removal of the last portion of the feline digit the includes the claw on the toe.  Deciding if and when to spay, neuter, or declaw your pet is complex. There are advantages and disadvantages to spaying, neutering, or declawing; there are also consequences of the age at which you have any of these surgeries done.

While there is no pre-determined ideal time for spay or neuter, our hospital frequently recommends that if this is going to be done that it is done at about 6 months of age.  This allows the pet to mature enough to handle the surgery and provide the owner enough time to determine if spay or neuter is right for their pet.  If a declaw procedure is elected for a kitten, we feel that it is ideal to have this done at the same time as the spay or neuter because it eliminates the need for another anesthetic event.  Declawing is discouraged in any cat over the age of 1 year due to the challenges these cats face with the recovery from the procedure.

We encourage our clients to familiarize themselves with the consequences of the decision to perform a spay or neuter (or declaw for cats) or not prior to acquiring their pet.  Our staff as able to provide you with the information you need to make a decision that is right your you and your pet.  Please contact us at 608-834-8118 or email us at [email protected] with any additional questions that you may have.

By |September 27th, 2013||