Risks of sedating your cat

If your pet is currently receiving medication they can have their usual morning dose, unless told otherwise. If the medication specifically requires food when it is administered let the practice know and we can provide advice on how to proceed.

Please make a note of what your pet’s usual medication dosing regime is.

You will be told if this is not the case for your pet.

They can have their usual evening meal the night before, but no food should be given the morning of the hospital appointment. This means that you can be sure they have not found any extra food elsewhere.

More serious risks can include regurgitation of stomach contents and subsequent aspiration pneumonia, anaphylactic reactions or even death.

It is for this reason that in elective cases we often perform diagnostic procedures under a different sedation or general anaesthesia than any surgery which may be required. However, it is not the case that we shouldn’t anaesthetise your pet if they are over this age; some older dogs and cats still look and act like puppies and kittens!!

What is important to consider is balancing the risk associated with the required anaesthetic and procedure with the benefit your pet will gain from having the procedure performed.

Although these risks can never be eliminated they can be minimised.

Our dedicated, skilled anaesthesia team will oversee all phases of your pet’s anaesthetic.

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