Talking about the importance of proper home and veterinary dental care for your cats and dogs. Highlighting the important role anesthesia plays in a thorough and useful dental evaluation and cleaning. Talking about the guest blog posts written by Dr. Heidi Shafford regarding anesthesia in veterinary dental care and the questions all pet owners should ask of their pet’s veterinary team to ensure the safest anesthetic procedure possible.
Previously, Dr. Heidi Shafford of Veterinary Anesthesia Specialists discussed reasons for having dental work performed on your pet under general anesthesia. In today’s post, Dr. Shafford continues her discussion of anesthesia for dental patients.
Minimizing the Risks of Anesthesia 1: Role of the Veterinary Team
Anesthesia is like any medical procedure, there are benefits and risks. We previously discussed the benefits of anesthesia for dental procedures. The risk of anesthetic-induced death is uncommon: approximately 1 in 1000 for healthy cats and 1 in 2000 for healthy dogs. While the incidence of anesthetic death is low, it could and should be much lower. Why isn’t it? In part, its because many practices aren’t actively taking the necessary steps to reduce anesthetic risk. One goal of these blog posts is to help you become a more well informed advocate and learn about the ways in which you can help to lower anesthetic risks for your pet.
Anesthesia occurs in several steps, with opportunities at each step to minimize risks for your pet. Below I present a simple outline of the steps involved in anesthesia. Following this outline is a list of questions you might ask your veterinary team to find out what they are doing to minimize and manage anesthetic risks.
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In honor of National Pet Dental Health month, today’s post is an article about Dental Anesthesia written by my friend and fellow veterinarian, Dr. Heidi Shafford, DVM, PhD, DACVA. Dr. Shafford is a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist who owns and operates Veterinary Anesthesia Specialists, a business dedicated to improving anesthesia safety and comfort for pets. Veterinary Anesthesia Specialists provides on-site anesthetic care and support for pets around the Pacific Northwest, and offers consulting and training to veterinary professionals across the country. All of this is to say that Dr. Shafford has a passion for making veterinary anesthesia as safe as possible and for preventing and alleviating animal pain. In other words, she knows a thing or two about veterinary anesthesia. So without further ado, take it away Heidi…
Cat Can't Pee! Feline Urethral Obstruction: Part 3 - Be Preventive
Welcome to the third, and final, installment of this blog series on feline urethral obstruction… Part 3 - ‘Be Preventive’. In this post I’ll highlight the things you need to know and the steps you should take to prevent an occurrence (or recurrence) of this condition.
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And so, without further ado, lets talk about the things you need to know and do to decrease your cat’s risk for urethral obstruction…