November 2007 Issue

Anesthesia: What's Involved? What Are the Risks?

Virtually all cats can safely handle being temporarily put to sleep during surgery.

Any surgical procedure that will be painful to your cat ó whether itís a matter of stitching up a wound, pulling a tooth, repairing a fractured limb or removing a diseased organ ó will require that the animalís pain perception be dulled, if not totally blocked, by an anesthetic of some sort. Some cat owners find the notion that a pet will be placed under anesthesia a frightening prospect. What are the chances, an owner might wonder, that the animal, while surviving the operation itself, will fail to fully regain its senses? Or worse: What if it fails to awaken from its drug-induced sleep?

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