Older Pets and Dental Anesthesia

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older pets and dental careMy dog is 13 years old. I’m afraid of the anesthesia.

Our Doctor answers: Years ago I’m sure you heard horror stories of senior dogs going under anesthesia and not waking up. If I were in your shoes, I’d still be haunted by those stories too. But times have changed and so has veterinary medicine. In the past, veterinarians did not have the option of inhalant anesthesia and the unpredictable injectable agents were used. Inhalant isofluorane is now a standard of care in almost every veterinary hospital. Unique to our hospital is our pre-anesthetic blood panels and our extensive anesthetic monitoring.

Prior to each procedure we evaluate the internal health of our patients with a pre-anesthetic panel tailored to the individual. This has caught many underlying conditions that owners were not even aware existed. During each procedure we have a thoroughly trained anesthetic technician whose sole responsibility is monitoring temperature, ECG, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and depth of anesthesia. This ensures that any problems which occur are caught early and can be properly addressed. This level of monitoring is another example of why our hospital exceeds the standards of care for our patients. Remember, age is not a disease.

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