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Breathe well for dogs

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Breathe well for dogs

The mouth is very important in the treatment of your pet. You cannot give the right anaesthetic for an animal that does not have a clean breathing system. If you have had poor dentition for years, it is quite possible that your dog will not be able to breathe properly while under anaesthesia.

All the information below is designed to ensure that you do not put your pet at any unnecessary risk by not providing a clean breathing system.

Breathe well

The very first step you should take is to make sure your dog is well-fed, and well-hydrated prior to any anaesthetic.

Always wash your hands before coming into contact with your pet. Your hands can be very effective transmitters of disease between animals, particularly when the hands are not clean.

Keep your dog away from other pets and animals. This can only be done if your dog is being boarded at a boarding kennel.

If you have an incontinent dog, make sure your dog has an appropriate and consistent daily routine, with access to enough water for drinking and elimination.

If your dog needs a prescription medicine, it is very important to tell the veterinarian in advance about any medications you are planning to give your dog. This can have significant effects on the anaesthetic required.

The following are some common anaesthetic reactions:

Rapid heart rate - A very fast heart rate can be a sign of stress which will reduce the amount of anaesthetic the animal will need to be given. Your dog is very sensitive to the type and concentration of anaesthetic they are given.

Respiratory rate too slow - If your dog breathes too slowly, it will struggle to inhale the anaesthetic and breath.

Struggling and crying - If your dog cries out while under anaesthetic, the anaesthetic has not been given quickly enough and the dog is likely to struggle, scream or cry and the surgery will have to be postponed until another anaesthetic can be given. If your dog cannot be anesthetised during surgery, you may need to anaesthetise your dog the day before the procedure.

Unresponsive - A dog that is unresponsive while under anaesthetic will need to be resuscitated to try and get the animal to breathe again. As the dog's heart and lungs have already been affected by the anaesthetic, it is unlikely to be revived. The only way to treat the problem is to euthanise the dog by injection.

Unable to stand - A dog who cannot stand during an operation may require further anaesthetic or analgesics. If you decide not to do any more surgery with that particular anaesthetic, you may need to look at other options.

If your dog is not under anaesthetic during surgery, there are still other risks:

Pain and suffering - If the dog suffers in any way during an operation, you may be held liable for any subsequent damage caused by that suffering. If the dog has to be anaesthetised for a procedure, you will need to decide whether to do any more surgery on that dog. It is essential that you check the anaesthetic and analgesic medications that you are giving to your dog regularly. You may also need to discuss any special requirements, such as a lack of a gag reflex.

Other risks - If your dog has an underlying illness, the surgery may not be safe or successful. It is important to make sure that the dog is not in a critical condition before undertaking any procedure. If you are not certain whether your dog has an underlying illness, you may decide to have a veterinary examination before doing any other surgery on that dog.

Your dog may have to wait for a suitable anaesthetic and analgesic before any other procedure.

If your dog suffers any problems after surgery, you may need to check that the anaesthetic and analgesic medications that you have been giving to the dog are safe for use. It is important that you continue to give the dog an appropriate amount of medication for any long-term problems. You may also need to consider providing a follow-up consultation to find out how your dog is recovering.

In some cases, your dog may have more than one operation at a time. Your veterinarian or practice may have a policy on how to manage such cases. It is important to discuss any issues that you have with your vet or practice before each procedure.

You may need to be aware that your dog may have more than one operation at a time. If your dog is anaesthetised for one procedure, it is possible that the anaesthetic may not work as well for the second procedure. You may need to consider cancelling the second procedure if you suspect that the anaesthetic has been used up. Your veterinarian may advise that a small amount of a different anaesthetic be used instead.

If your dog has a second operation within 24 hours of a first procedure, it is important that the first procedure has been successful. You may need to have your dog re-anaesthetised for the second procedure. It is important that you discuss any issues that you have with your vet or practice before each procedure.

When you book your appointment, discuss with your vet or practice how best to provide an anaesthetic or analgesic for your dog, and how to manage your dog after an anaesthetic.

Surgical care is an important part of your dog's healthcare. At least once a year, you should have a consultation with your vet or practice to discuss how best to keep your dog in good health and to look after any health problems that your dog may have. The consultation should include:

how to prevent your dog from developing any problems,

how to look after your dog if he or she has any problems, and

what to do if your dog gets ill and needs to be hospitalised.

You should ask your vet or practice about these things if you feel that you want to book an appointment to have one of these discussed. Remember to keep copies of any information you receive, and to discuss any issues with your veterinarian or practice before any surgery or any veterinary examination.

Surgeries

Surgeries are a major part of veterinary medicine.

Surgeries include some types of vaccination, dental procedures and some procedures to remove diseased or unwanted tissue. They may also include the surgical removal of large masses of material, such as cysts or tumours, or the replacement of a joint, organ or part of the spine.

If you are unsure about a procedure, ask your vet or practice, and ask how long it takes to prepare your dog for the procedure. Some vets and practices may have experienced surgeons who can perform certain procedures on dogs more quickly than others. Be prepared to wait.

If your dog is required to have surgery, or is having a procedure that you are not completely comfortable with, ask your vet or practice about a practice where they have the expertise to perform these procedures.

Dental care

It is extremely important for you to see that your dog has regular dental care. A dentist may offer regular dental cleaning as part of a routine health care plan or to help with any potential problems that you or your dog may be having. Your dog may also need a dental extraction (if, for example, a large tooth has broken off). These procedures can be quite traumatic to your dog, and can cause him or her to be very frightened.

Your veterinarian or practice will be able to discuss these things with you, and will be able to advise you about when to have these procedures performed, and which ones should be the priority.


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