Your veterinarian will need to administer general anesthesia if your pet needs surgery. Whenever anesthesia is given to animals or humans, there is always a risk of adverse complications. Know that your vet will carefully monitor your pet’s vital signs and respiration throughout the procedure, and will do everything possible to ensure your pet’s health and safety. After having anesthesia, your pet will need some extra love and care.
Knowing What to Expect After Anesthesia
Anesthesia can take a while to wear off. Your pet will exhibit grogginess and sleepiness, likely for the rest of the day. In addition, it’s not unusual for anesthetics to affect animals for one to two days afterward, and so you may see changes in your pet’s behavior. Animals that are obese are particularly susceptible to this, as most general anesthetics are fat-soluble.
Keeping Your Pet Warm
It’s common for anesthetics to interfere with the body’s set temperature point. In addition, they can cause dilation of the blood vessels, which increases heat loss. For these reasons, it’s advisable to keep pets in a warm environment while they recover. Your vet may recommend wrapping your cat or dog in a warm blanket. However, if the weather is quite hot, your pet may not need any extra warmth. In fact, some cold weather breeds of dogs, such as Huskies, may benefit from being in a less warm environment.
Feeding Your Pet
Your pet may not move much at first, so place a water bowl near him or her. Unless your vet instructs you otherwise, you can offer a small meal. Offer soft food, especially if your pet has had a dental procedure. It’s normal for anesthesia to cause appetite loss, and so your pet may not eat much. This is usually not cause for alarm. However, you should call your vet for further guidance if your pet refuses to eat within 24 hours of the surgery.
If you have any questions about your pet’s upcoming procedure or recovery from surgery, please call Horizon Animal Hospital at (480) 800-4559. Our entire veterinary team is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of your beloved pet. We’re conveniently located on N. 100th Street in Scottsdale.