Sedating dogs at home
Patients with diagnosed or suspect tracheal collapse are left intubated as long as possible to help allow inflammation to dissipate and to allow an open airway while recovering. In a multi-institutional British study, healthy dogs were found to be at .05% risk for death during anesthesia.
Smaller animals will require less medication because there’s less muscle and fat for the drugs to redistribute through, Hopkins said.Due to the shape of their faces and shorter noses, brachycephalic breeds, like Pekingese, Boston Terriers and Pugs as well as Himalayan and Persian cats, can be more difficult to sedate or anesthetize.“They’re at a higher risk during anesthesia because they have smaller nasal passages. They may also have long soft palates which can make breathing post anesthesia more difficult,” Hopkins said.“The more painful the procedure, the deeper the anesthesia [required].Sedation produces a milder effect than anesthesia [and is] used for less invasive procedures such as ultrasounds, bandage changes and minor wound repair.” Your pet may be given local anesthesia, which affects a restricted area of the body, for things like removal of a small skin mass.
General anesthesia is used for more painful procedures, such as spaying or neutering, mass removals, fractures, emergency surgeries, laceration repairs or abdominal masses.