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Dangers of Anesthesia

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Pets need anesthesia if they have to undergo a surgery or dental cleaning. This is a necessary part of their veterinary health care, but anesthesia is not with out risk. It is important to understand the risks, and what you can do to help lower the risks. 

Most dogs are fine with anesthesia. Only 1 in 100,000 have a reaction to it. Your dog is at a higher health risk by getting into the car to drive to the vet than from the anesthesia. 

How to Reduce Your Dog Risk of Anesthesia

At our Albuquerque veterinary clinic, we give all of our patients pre and post-op instructions. These instructions are provided to help reduce the risk of negative affects of anesthesia, and complications from surgery. These instructions must always be followed.


Fasting for several hours before they are given anesthesia is important. Having food in their stomach during surgery can increase their risk of vomiting during the procedure and aspirating food (getting food into their lungs) or fluid into their lungs. Aspirating food or fluid can lead to aspiration pneumonia which can be deadly. 

Health History

Make sure you give your Albuquerque vet a complete health history, including information about vaccinations, lifestyle (how active are they), andy medications or supplements, and diet. There are certain health risks that may present themselves during a health history that are risk factors and these are important for your veterinarian to know. 

How soon after anesthesia will your dog be back to normal?

Pets typically recover very quickly from anesthesia. Often when you pick them up they will be a big groggy and may remain groggy for a few hours. This can have more to do with being tired from the stress of the visit and surgery than the anesthesia. Your dog should be left to rest for a few days after the procedure. Typically you are allowed to feed your dog as soon as they get home. If there were any issues, or if the surgery requires ongoing fasting, your vet will let you know. 

Make sure you follow all go-home instructions for your dog, including feeding instructions. It is very important to follow all the instructions. We give those to you to help your dog recover quickly and properly. If you have any concerns, call the emergency number provided to you by your vet.