Anesthesia for Senior Pets

Are you under the impression that your pet is "too old" for anesthesia?

Senior Pet CareGeneral anesthesia, when administered correctly, is very safe for older patients.  Older patients have some unique anesthetic concerns such as maintaining blood pressure, maintaining body temperature, as well as metabolizing (removing) drugs from their systems.  

Different drugs may be required due to a pre existing medical condition such as heart or kidney disease and doses of those drugs may require significant fine-tuning. 

Proper drug selection for each patient, modification of drug protocols to address any pre-existing medical conditions, and diligent patient monitoring are the keys to success with geriatric patients.  

At Dallas Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery, we do not regard old age as a disease and routinely treat patients up to 18 or 20 years of age.  Our doctor's advanced dentistry training programs required additional training in anesthesia and pain management.  This training included attending courses in anesthesia as well as working directly with a board certified anesthesiologist. Our training and equipment are continually updated to provide the safest anesthesia for your precious pet.

In addition, Dr. Courtney Baetge, DVM, DACVA, board certified veterinary anesthesiologist is available upon request.


Pain Management
Anesthesia . . . Training, Safety, Comfort & Monitoring
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Anesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

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