Effects of Anesthesia on Dogs – Monitoring your Pekingese’s Recuperating Stage


What is an anesthesia? What would be the effects of anesthesia on dogs? Anesthetics have two categories: Local and General. These drugs are used in order to block the pain sensation. The hours following a surgery or any procedure that involves anesthesia can be a very scary experience for owners and pets alike, however being properly informed on what signs to look out for and what to expect can actually put the owner’s mind at peace.

The key here is to watch for steady improvement, while monitoring his incision site and limiting his movements during recuperation phase. If you are unable to detect any improvement on his recovery, there might be a problem.

Being the pet parent, you should closely monitor your pet’s condition while recovering from anesthesia. The staff of the animal clinic or hospital would monitor him for a number of hours post procedure, however the after effects of the anesthesia will take place around 12-18 hours after the procedure.

In the hours after his operation, you can expect your pet to be lethargic, drowsy, and unsteady. Most patients also experience nausea post-procedure thus it is common for your pet to refuse any food when he returns home. At home, it is ideal for the recuperating pet to have a quiet, cozy, warm and away from children or other animals place to stay in. Crating him would be ideal for this situation since it would limit his movement this way since an unsteady and drowsy animal can easily get injured.

Effects of Anesthesia on Dogs – Monitoring your Pekingese’s Recuperating Stage

Effects of Anesthesia on Dogs

Before general anesthesia is administered, the patient is usually pre-medicated with a sedative so that it feels calm and relaxed. Use of a sedative in an excited or frightened animal may allow for less general anesthesia to be used and will usually make recovery from anesthesia a smoother process.

In most cases, an analgesic is also administered along with the sedation. This reduces post-operative pain and makes recovery less traumatic.

Source: Web Vet, http://www.webvet.com/main/2009/09/27/anesthesia-and-your-pet-what-owners-need-know

Anesthesia After Effects on Dogs

  • Lethargy. Having being put out for quite some time for the prcedure, your pet will experience lingering lethargy. Do not worry if you see him crawl out of his bed then go back to sleep. It may be quite hard to ask him to go out and pee or poo but encourage them in a positive way, otherwise accidents will occur. Their senses are all jammed right after the surgery, so do not expect him to act like he used to a day after his procedure.
  • Vomiting. Anesthesia causes stomach upset in dogs, so vomiting is considered normal. Or this can also be due to his bumpy ride home or when you attempted to give him food. Most owners are tempted to offer a healthy meal and lots of water to their pet once home since they are aware that he fasted for the surgery, but this is not good. Commence with a bit of water first then small amounts of food in order to help him reset his digestive system.
  • Loss of balance. Due to the effect of anesthesia on his nervous system, you may see your pet having a hard time keeping his balance while walking. Confining him in a place where he would have a limited movement is ideal in order to prevent any self-inflicted injuries.
  • Disorientation. Give him ample time to recuperate before he can act like his old self again. Disorientation is normal for the first 24 hours, you may see him wandering aimlessly and unaware of his surroundings. Expect this to wear off within 12-24 hours.

Recovering from the effects of anesthesia on dogs is a different process from his recovery from his procedure. Regardless of his surgical procedure, chances are most dogs will undergo similar signs and symptoms after coming out from his procedure that are associated with anesthethics.

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