We frequently meet pet owners that are worried about anesthesia since another veterinarian has previously told them that their pet was “too old for anesthesia.” Let’s consider the facts with regard to age and anesthesia risks, age is not a disease and does not directly reflect health status. We all know of healthy older people and pets as well as young people with poor health. Our doctors prefer to evaluate each pet individually to accurately assess health status. Anesthesia is individualized for patients based on their health. Health problems are addressed with well-planned anesthesia protocols. Our doctors choose anesthetic drugs based on the pet’s health status to help avoid problems with anesthesia.
Fortunately, patients with health problems can have safe anesthesia and receive excellent dental care! The risks of anesthesia are substantially reduced by the veterinary professionals providing care. Anesthetic-related deaths in pets is estimated to be less than 1%. The likelihood of pain and suffering from untreated disease approaches 100%. We prefer to treat dental disease to avoid unnecessary suffering. It is well worth the risk! Do we want our companions to live a long life with chronic pain? The services of a board-certified anesthesiologist are available at our office if requested or needed.