At least every day, if not more often, I am asked by a worried cat family, “Is my cat in pain?” This is probably a more difficult question for me to answer than the other one I hear every day, “Why did my cat get cancer?” Signs of Pain Many of the current recommendations to … Continue reading Can You Recognize Pain in Your Cat?
In my previous blog, I wrote about the steps leading up to general anesthesia designed to minimize anesthetic risk. This blog continues with medications used prior to the anesthetic agent and concludes with recommendations for pet owners. Premedications Successful anesthesia is not just about the main inhaled or injected anesthetic agent. Most times, several drugs … Continue reading Demystifying General Anesthesia, Part II: General Anesthesia
Except for the dreaded cone, there is no medical procedure more feared by the families of my patients than general anesthesia. Their concern is well founded since there is always a risk of death, but the risk is very small – about 0.1%, meaning 1 in every 1000 procedures, result in an anesthetic death. This … Continue reading Demystifying General Anesthesia, Part I: Preanesthesia Protocols
I get asked this question daily by at least one worried dog owner. Since dogs can’t talk, how do we identify a dog in pain? Dogs and Pain Sometimes identifying pain is easy. Dogs hit by a car or suffering from another traumatic injury are obviously painful. Here is a photograph of an Irish Setter, … Continue reading How Do You Know if Your Dog is in Pain?
When people go to a human dentist, we sit in the dentist’s chair, often time grasping the armrests tightly with white knuckles in anticipation of the procedure about to happen. When the dentist or hygienist tells us to say “ahhhhhhhh” or turn our head, or open our mouths, we may be reluctant, but we can … Continue reading Anesthesia in Veterinary Dental Care