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How Safe is Pet Anesthesia

Like most medical treatments, pet anesthesia by a veterinarian holds a degree of risk depending on your dog or cat’s medical history and current condition. While there is a small degree of risk, typically the benefits outweigh any dangers your pet may be exposed to. Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic in Lewistown and Mifflintown can answer any questions you might have about your pet’s upcoming procedure.

Why Do Pet’s Need Anesthesia?

For some procedures, your veterinarian may have a difficult time keeping your pet still in order to perform the task safely. This includes dental procedures, tests, and some diagnostics. By using anesthesia, your pet remains still, calm, and will experience no pain while the procedure takes place.

What is Anesthesia?

Anesthesia is a medication that makes your dog unconscious and puts them in a state where they can’t feel pain. Local anesthesia numbs a specific area of the body, while general anesthesia makes the pet unconscious for a short period. As a pet owner, you will have to sign a consent form before the procedure.

What are the Risks of Pet Anesthesia?

While there is always a risk of an adverse reaction to the medication, it is typically short-term. Only a small percentage of animals experience a reaction to the anesthetic agent. These reactions range from irritation and swelling at the site of the injection to a severe reaction that can cause death. However, severe reactions are incredibly rare.

How to Minimize Risks

Before your veterinarian performs any procedure that requires anesthesia, your pet will go through a series of tests. This includes a physical examination, blood and urine tests, and X-rays. This can identify any potential problems that would cause a reaction to the anesthesia.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you live in the Lewistown or Mifflintown areas and have questions about an upcoming procedure that requires anesthesia, contact the Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic at (717) 248-4703 for Lewiston, or 717-436-9790 for Mifflintown for more information.



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