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Pet Anesthesia

It is not uncommon to be worried if your pet is scheduled for surgery. Our veterinarians at Sheehy Animal Hospital in Livonia understand that the use of anesthesia on your pet may cause you some concern. We believe that learning more about pet anesthesia will help remedy some of your anxiety about the upcoming procedure.

Pet Anesthesia

The Safety of Pet Anesthesia

There is an amount of risk with any medical procedure, and this includes anesthesia. Before administering the anesthesia, our veterinarian will perform a thorough examination to determine if your pet is healthy enough for the procedure. Your pet's anesthesia will be administered by a qualified veterinarian who knows exactly how much anesthesia your pet will need. During the procedure, the veterinary technician will keep a close eye on your pet's vitals to ensure the breathing and heart rates remain in the normal range. If any issues arise during the procedure, they will be detected and treated as quickly as possible.

Preparing Your Pet For Anesthesia

It is essential to follow your veterinarian's instructions to prepare your pet for anesthesia. If you do not, your pet could vomit during the surgery and aspirate into its lungs, which can be fatal.

Your pet can have water until the morning of the appointment. Your pet can drink until you leave for the animal hospital. If your cat is having surgery, keep it indoors overnight. You do not want your pet to find food outside and eat it without you knowing. It can also be difficult to locate your cat on the morning of the surgery. These are general guidelines for surgery, and if the veterinarian says otherwise, please follow those instructions thoroughly.

Caring for Your Pet After Returning Home

It is not uncommon for your pet to be quieter and less active than usual after returning home after surgery. Give your pet a quiet place to rest away from other pets and your family. Your pet may not have an appetite when it returns home. It might have an upset stomach the day of the surgery. If it does not want to eat the night of surgery, do not worry. Your pet's appetite will return shortly.

Get Quality Veterinary Care in Livonia, MI

If your pet is scheduled for surgery at Sheehy Animal Hospital, do not worry. Our veterinarians and vet techs are highly trained and qualified. We will keep your pet safe during the procedure. Call our team today at (248) 615-7670 if you have any questions regarding your pet's surgery or pet anesthesia.

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  • "I love this veterinary clinic. Dr. Sheehy and staff are all friendly and seem to take pride in their jobs. I enjoy taking my three rats there and would recommend them to everyone I know."
    Cheyenne H / Livonia, MI

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