If your pet is undergoing surgery, our veterinarians may administer anesthesia. By using anesthesia, our veterinarian can put your pet to sleep temporarily. This way, your pet will not feel pain while we perform the operation. Our team at Waldorf Emergency Care has gathered a few questions that we have run into regarding pet anesthesia.
Is Pet Anesthesia Safe?
In order to put an animal to sleep for a brief time, veterinarians use powerful medications like xylazine, romifidine, detomidine, and medetomidine. These medications are used under the strict guidance of the veterinarian while we monitor the animal’s vital signs to ensure it is responding well.
How Do I Prepare My Pet For Surgery?
One of our veterinarians will likely provide specific instructions before surgery. Often, you will have to withhold food for up to 24 hours. It is very important to follow these instructions. When your pet is sedated, its gag reflex will be suppressed. Your pet may choke if it vomits while under sedation. Our vet may also request that you withhold water. These instructions are subject to change depending on the nature of the procedure.
Is Pet Anesthesia Necessary?
Generally speaking, pet anesthesia is needed for a variety of procedures. If our veterinarians are administering emergency pet care or urgent care, your pet may need to be sedated so we can safely perform the operation. Likewise, if the surgery is planned, anesthesia is still typically necessary. Sedating your pet will help it avoid pain and lower the risk of complications. If you have any concerns about your pet’s anesthesia, please mention them before the procedure.
Is My Pet Too Old for Anesthesia?
Some studies have shown that older animals are at a slightly increased risk while being put under. That said, the risks are still low. Furthermore, anesthesia is often necessary to successfully perform an operation or to provide urgent care.
How Long Does It Take for the Anesthesia to Wear Off?
You will need to speak with one of our veterinarians about the specifics of the medications used to sedate your pet. Typically, veterinarians use only as much anesthesia as is needed to minimize the risks. That said, your pet may feel woozy or disoriented for a little while after waking up.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Waldorf, MD
If you have any questions or concerns regarding pet anesthesia, call our team at Waldorf Emergency Care today at (301) 705-9700. You can also reach our veterinarians through our website by using our online contact form.