ARE THERE ANY COMPLICATIONS WITH ANESTHESIA?
With any surgery or procedure involving anesthesia, the risk of complications (including death) is always present especially in older animals. However, we monitor heart rate, ECG, respiration rate, and blood oxygen during the procedure to ensure everything is going well with your pet. In addition, we recommend pre-surgical blood work in order to make sure your pets liver and kidneys properly function. The liver and kidneys are the 2 major organs involved with drug metabolism. If they do not function normally, the animal may not be able to rid the body of the anesthetic, which can cause complications. If the blood work determines problems with the liver or kidney, we may have to alter our usual protocol to make the procedure safer for your pet.