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Anesthesia Risk

What do the Veterinarians themselves say about the risk of anesthesia!

Title: Remove malpractice risk from anesthetic risk

By: Dr. Christopher Allen, DVM


"Clients who sue are shocked clients; they sue after they bring in a reasonably healthy looking pet but leave with their animal in a plastic bag. They sue when their high-risk pet dies under anesthesia and no one fully explained the concept of anesthetic risk."

"calls taken---a disproportionate number involve pet deaths that have occurred while an animal was sedated or under anesthesia."

"Anesthesia is, by its nature, an inherently risky undertaking. Think of it as you would about walking through a slippery parking lot. Before you leave the house, you put on your shoes or boots that have the best traction. In other words, every possible step should be taken to minimize risk. "

..."Let's extend our analogy: If it's icy and slippery, you don't go on an errand at all unless there is a good reason to do so. It really pays to think twice before undertaking something dangerous. Can the problem be handled other than with a procedure involving anesthesia?"

"Is putting this otherwise decently healthy dog under anesthetic something I really want to do?"

"And don't forget to charge the client an extended office visit for the time you took giving your professional risk evaluation."

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Now, can you understand why we at PetzLife want you to make an informed decision when it comes to your "Precious Loved One!"

Note: An article on anesthesia risk in Dog Fancy magazine, Feb. 2004, page 50 which reiterated our findings about dogs and anesthesia. Author Denise Flaim quoted an anesthesia study of 2,500 dogs published in the Jan/Feb 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. It said "12 percent of the dogs had complications (including low blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms) and 0.43 died." (That would mean that 11 dogs died!! This verifys other reports that in some areas it is as high as 1 in 200 deaths!! Don't let the next one be your dog or cat!)

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