How Safe is Pet Anesthesia?

Pet Anesthesia

If your dog, cat, or other animal has a surgery coming up, odds are that the veterinarian has said they will need to undergo anesthesia. Anesthesia for pets has been used for over a hundred years and may be found in veterinarian offices all over the world. Many pets have gone through pet surgery while under anesthesia. We at Silicon Valley Pet Clinic serving Santa Clara, CA, know a lot about pet anesthesia and pet surgery.

Pet Anesthesia

There are a very small number of pets that will experience negative side effects from going under. Typically, these symptoms are relatively mild, such as nausea or sleepiness for a day or two after their surgery. While there are some extremely rare cases of more serious reactions, it's important to realize that these reactions tend to take place right away while the animal is under the care of the veterinarian, who can take steps to mitigate any problems.

There are things you can do to ensure that your dog or cat's time under anesthesia is safer. To start, make sure you understand all the directions from the vet regarding your pet's care before the surgery. Pay attention to the instructions regarding giving your pet food or drink. Aspiration during pet surgery is one of the most common causes of complications, and it can be prevented by making sure your pet has had nothing to eat before the surgery.

Also pay attention to the post-surgery instructions. Watch your pet carefully for signs that there may be a problem and alert our office immediately if there are any issues.

Visit Us for Pet Anesthesia and Pet Surgery from a Veterinarian on Our Team

If you live in the Santa Clara, CA, area and you have questions about any upcoming pet surgery, give our office call at (408) 248-3844 for Silicon Valley Pet Clinic. We are here to answer your questions about pet anesthesia and help ensure that your pet will be as safe as possible.


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