Concerned about Anesthesia
I made an appointment yesterday to have my 7 month old (@5lb) female
maltese,Sophie, spayed. I was told the price was $129.00 with an optional
bloodtest (running about $35.00) to make sure the anesthesia will flush from
her system. I was told that there could be some concern because of her small
size. The breeder I bought her from had never heard of such a test, but did
say she had lost 2 dogs over the past several years due to problems with
anesthesia. I am very nervous...and the money is of course the l east of
it..altho I do question its need if it is "optional". The breeder mentioned
a new anesthesia that is supposed to be much safer. Is anyone familiar with
this? Do you know the name? She couldn't remember it..altho she is looking
for it. I am now in a panic as I am worried to death something will happen
to Sophie? I don't know the vet well..I live in a city & take her to an
animal hospital with a good reputation but have not developed a reationship
with any of the vets. A! ny advice or safeguards you can give me would be
most appreciated. Soon. Today is Sunday and she is due to have surgery on
Thursday! Thanks again.
- I just had my female, Molly spayed and she only weighs 2 3/4 pounds. My vet
gives you an option prior to surgery to do a blood work-up and/or EKG just
preventative measures prior to doing the operation. Frankly, I feel it
should be mandatory just as it is in humans but it is an option. If there is
some problem these procedures will assist the vet. Anyway, I think the EKG
cost about $30 and blood work about $15 and well worth every penny to know
ahead of time that all was OK. . Absolutely never was there any
concern/discussion about anesthesia. The vet would not have considered doing
the spaying if he were concerned. And, I repeat, my dog was lots smaller
than yours. I see no reason to be frightened unless there is some genetic
history with with your dog that would warrent such. By the way, also
neutered my male at 4 months and he only weighed 2 lbs. Absolutely no
- Thank you very much for your prompt reply. I really appreciate it. I never
thought about the fact that they do all these preop workups on humans..why
should animals be any different. I will definetly have the tests done.
- The way anesthetic is eliminated from the body is much different in puppies than in adult dogs. Other anesthetic concerns are:
- A young puppy's rate of oxygen consumption is 2-3 times greater than an adult's, yet most anesthetic drugs depress or slow down breathing. Other drugs must be given to compensate and keep respiration rate normal.
- Compared to adults, young animals have less ability to regulate body temperature; during anesthesia, heat production is even more depressed. This makes young anesthetized puppies especially prone to hypothermia (lowered body temperature).
- Young animals recover more quickly from, and are more rapidly affected by gas anesthesia, which is considered one of the safest forms of anesthetic. But risk of airway obstruction is greater in young animals than in adults, and intubation (placing the breathing tube) is more difficult because of the smaller size and less rigid structure of a puppy's tracheal cartilage. Today, new drugs and procedures make anesthetizing tiny puppies much safer. Dr. Mark S. Bloomberg of the University of Florida says young animals are very good anesthetic candidates. Dr. Elmo Crenshaw of Texas A & M agrees. He paraphrases this old saying by way of explanation: "There's no such thing as a safe anesthetic, only a safe anesthesiologist." In other words, although all anesthetics are potentially dangerous, they are all equally safe when used properly.
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