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Pet Anesthesia FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Anesthesia

At Oakdale Animal Hospital, our mission is to provide the highest quality of care for your pets while keeping you informed every step of the day. We understand that surgery and other treatment options requiring anesthesia can be extremely stressful for pet owners. It's natural to have concerns about anesthesia and its safety, so we've created this list of questions and answers to clarify what pet anesthesia is and how it works.


Is Anesthesia Safe?

Modern anesthesia is considered extremely safe. The risk of your pet dying due to anesthesia is less than one percent. Our expert veterinarians in Brandon and Flowood safely anesthetize animals every day.

Should I Do Anything for My Pet Before Anesthesia?

Your veterinarian may recommend a fasting period before the anesthetic. This typically means no food should be consumed the morning of the appointment. However, the requirement varies based on your pet and the procedure that will be taking place.

Are Older Pets More at Risk for Problems with Anesthesia?

Anesthesia is considered safe for older pets. However, research has shown that it can carry a slightly higher risk for dogs or cats over the age of twelve. Our experts at the Oakdale Animal Hospital will take your pet's health and several other factors into consideration before deciding to administer anesthesia. 

Is There a Difference Between Sedation and General Anesthesia?

Sedation and general anesthesia are different and our expert veterinarians will determine specifically what your pet needs. Your pet will also be monitored throughout the procedure as well as during the recovery stage.

Sedation involves injecting your pet with a combination of drugs that will make the animal sleepy and relaxed. Sedation is typically used for short and simple procedures that are not painful. Your pet will still be awake and aware. Anesthesia is a bit different, as your pet will be unconscious and appear as though he or she is sleeping. Whether your pet undergoes anesthesia or sedation, our veterinarian will provide the proper drugs for pain relief, so your pet remains as comfortable as possible at all times.

What Should I Expect When I Bring My Pet Home?

Your pet will be discharged from the animal hospital with specific discharge instructions. Your pet will likely be sleepier than usual if your pet returns home the same day as the anesthetic is given. He or she may not have much of an appetite and probably won't desire much playtime. It is okay to take your dog on a short walk to go potty and offer a small meal. However, you shouldn't be alarmed if he or she doesn't want to eat.

Contact Your Local Brandon or Flowood Animal Hospital Today

Our team of expert veterinarians at Oakdale Animal Hospital understands how important your pets are to you and your family. Call us today at to learn more about our veterinary care options or to schedule an appointment.


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