At Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery we are pet lovers, so we understand your concern. We always indicate that there are risks associated with anesthesia, which is why it is important to evaluate a pet fully prior to anesthesia to determine if an anesthetic procedure will be safe for them and that the risk are warranted to address the level of disease that is present. When you choose a highly experienced veterinary dentist, you can be assured your pet is in the best of hands.
Pre-operative testing including a Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Biochemistry Profile will help us to determine if there are issues that may be are a concern. A urinalysis and thyroid evaluation may also be recommended. Further testing depending on the results of a CBC or biochemistry profile may be recommended prior to anesthesia.
Depending on the age of the pet and if a heart murmur or arrhythmia is noted, an evaluation by a cardiologist is recommended to determine if the heart disease/issues will pose a higher risk of a complication intra or post operatively.
Your pet’s safety under anesthesia is our priority and we take precautions to minimize the risks of serious complications under anesthesia. As board certified veterinary dentists, we monitor each pet very closely under anesthesia and a registered/licensed technician is monitoring your pet’s vital parameters at all times. This dedicated technician is not involved in the dental procedure at the same time that they are monitoring the patient under anesthesia, because their priority is to the patient’s safety.