Understanding Anaesthesia in Dogs - Benefits and Risks

Understanding Anaesthesia in Dogs - Benefits and Risks

There are various reasons that a dog may require the use of anaesthesia. Although it is generally a safe procedure, it can be nerve-wracking for most dog parents. It's important to understand the purpose and benefits of anaesthesia, as well as any potential side effects that may occur.

Anaesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness used to allow a dog to undergo necessary veterinary procedures without pain or discomfort. The most common gasses used for general anaesthesia in dogs are Isoflurane and Sevoflurane, both of which are safe and effective.

One of the main reasons for using anaesthesia in dogs is for pain control during and after a surgical procedure. It also helps to keep dogs still during important diagnostics or procedures, such as dental radiographs. Without anaesthesia, veterinarians may not be able to perform these procedures safely, which can lead to undiagnosed and painful dental issues in dogs.

After a dog undergoes anaesthesia, they may experience side effects like dysphoria, nausea, and bowel changes. They may also have changes in behaviour or appetite. It's common for dogs to spend initial recovery time in the hospital with staff monitoring their progress, but they may be discharged the same day.

While anaesthesia is generally safe for dogs when administered properly, it is still a medical procedure with inherent risks. It's important to discuss any concerns your veterinarian and follow their recommendations to ensure the best possible outcome for your dog.

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