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Sedating your dog

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It is extremely rare for all these tests to be normal in a dog that is a high anesthetic risk.When we know of problems in advance we can make modifications in anesthesia that protect your pet's life.

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The answer is that which ever anesthetic your veterinarian is most familiar using is the safest.Injected systemic and inhaled anesthetics move through the blood stream to the brain where they render the pet unconscious or insensitive to pain.Anesthetics that are injected near nerves block the sensation of pain distant to the point of injection.When examination leaves me with uncertainties I schedule a group of biochemical tests to gauge the health of the major organs of the body. Glucose analysis and total blood proteins detect diabetes or other debilitating diseases and an EKG may detect heart problems.Include a hematocrit, a differential and total white blood cell count.As I mentioned earlier, ideal anesthesia uses neither more or less of the anesthetic than the amount necessary to perform the surgical procedure. So a special non-distracted person(s) is generally assigned to watch the pet closely.

I try to give just enough of the drugs to maintain the pet pain-free and relaxed during the procedure. More painful procedures, such as intra-abdominal surgery, or spaying and orthopedic surgery require more anesthetics than procedures such as teeth cleaning or superficial tumor removal.

Once the sedative or tranquilizer has taken effect I shave the patient’s arm and place an intravenous catheter in its recurrent radial vein.

This gives me easy access to the pet’s blood stream for fluids and other medications in the event of an emergency.

Various anesthetics are administered in one of four ways.

They can be injected locally around nerves,injected into the muscle to work systemically, injected intravenously to work more rapidly or they can be inhaled as a gas.

Many times, I have forgone anesthesia in a pet when I was dissatisfied with the results of my physical exam.