SpoiledMaltese.com is the premier Maltese Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Spoiledmaltese is a resource and forum for information and help with your Maltese. We do not support or endorse the selling of animals on this site.
» Log in
User Name:


Not a member yet?
Register Now!
» Anesthesia, questions and concerns
Related maltese dog articles  

Anesthesia, questions and concerns.

So your pet has to undergo anesthesia?

I know this can be scary for most people, but if the right steps are taken then it reduces your pets risks greatly.

Pre-surgical work-up
Before your pet is sedated it is highly recommended that your pet have pre-operative bloodwork done. some places this is optional and others it is required. even though your pet may appear healthy, there can be hidden things, or even problems caught early that may be able to be fixed prior to the procedure. the blood work lets the veterinarian know if you pets organs can process the anesthesia appropriately and if anything else needs to be done before your pet receives anesthesia (like iv fluids)

also another thing that should be done before your pet is sedated is a pre-operative EKG. this can detect heart abnormalities that might not be detectable on a routine examination.

an IV catheter is also important. it is an instant access to your pets circulatory system. if the blood pressure drops or rises, heart rate is too fast or slow, or pet is not breathing properly...these problems can be addressed quickly and can be life saving.


There are different phases of anesthesia. there is a premedication, and induction medication, and a maintenance gas used for the whole procedure.

premeds goals are to relax the pet with a tranquilizer and begin pain control before the procedure is even started. they also reduce the amount of induction medications needed which may be harsher for your pet. there are a vast number of types of premeds so i will not go into detail.

induction medications allow your pet to completely relax and allow the veterinarian to intubate your pet. common medications are Ketamine/valium combination and propofol. ket/val should not be used in animals with kidney or heart problems and in animals prone to having seizures. propofol should not be used in animals with trouble breathing unless there are far worse risks with other medications.

maintenance gas anesthesia may be either isoflurane or sevoflurane. both are very safe. it was once thought that sevo was a superior gas but now it is known to be equally as safe as isoflurane. iso is cheaper and far more common. there are other gases out there but these are the two that can be trusted. my personal preference is isoflurane b/c sevo can lower the pets temperature during recovery from anesthesia and can be dangerous if the patient isnt watched carefully. but with proper care both are a good choice.

Article by Dr. Jaimie , reproduced with permission.

Dr Jaimie Disclaimer : This post is not a veterinary opinion. The information presented in this post is not meant to substitute for an office visit with your local veterinarian, nor is it meant to supplement, replace, or contradict instructions from your local veterinarian. Further, any anecdotes related to the manner in which I care for my own animals is not to be construed as professional advice, nor is it related to the manner in which I care for animals in my professional practice.



Published articles disclaimer.

SpoiledMaltese.com tries to accept and provide honest, factual and usefull articles. However, SpoiledMaltese.com and its owners make no claims or guarantees to the accuracy or reliability of any information they contain, articles are posted for information purposes only. Please rely on your own research and the advice of your veteranarian when it comes to your pet or maltese dog. SpoiledMaltese.com does not and will not not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of information provided by any article on this website or any article that may be linked to from this website.
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:53 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum