Anesthesia for dogs doesn’t have to be scary. One weird nap for your dog, one amazing opportunity for vets to provide lifesaving medical care.
Tasha McNerney is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in anesthesia, and she’s sharing all the details on what your dog’s veterinary care team does to keep your dog safe, the things that can go wrong while under anesthesia, and what you can do to prepare your dog beforehand.
One of her best tips for dog lovers feeling anxious about an anesthetic event? Talk to your dog’s veterinary team. Ask about what training and credentials your state requires for someone to do anesthesia, as well as how the staff monitor dogs while under anesthesia and during recovery. Vets and vet techs all understand that you love and are worried about your dog, and hearing the protocols in place can help to ease your mind.
Listen in to learn about the different types of anesthesia and some of the different drugs that your vet will use to keep your dog calm and pain-free.
Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:
How ASA scores help make anesthesia safer for your pet patients https://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/how-asa-scores-help-make-anesthesia-safer-for-your-pet-patients/
Preparing Your Dog for Surgery podcast episode
What to Expect the Day of Your Dog’s Surgery podcast episode
Caring for Your Dog After Surgery podcast episode
2:32 Anesthesia Risks
9:53 Hypotension, Hypoventilation, Hypothermia
12:50 Before Your Dog Goes Under Anesthesia
17:17 Techs Who Do Anesthesia
21:13 Types of Anesthesia
23:47 Pain Control and Unaware
27:03 Reversible Anesthesia
29:06 Injectable Anesthetics
36:50 Home Care
40:14 No Breakfast Before Surgery
42:14 Dogs Who Struggle with Anesthesia
44:17 Dog Cancer Anesthesia
47:00 Tasha’s #1 Tip
About Today’s Guest, Tasha McNerney VTS:
Tasha is a Certified Veterinary Technician from Glenside, PA. She is also a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and works closely with the IVAPM to educate the public about animal pain awareness. Tasha became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in anesthesia in 2015. Tasha loves to lecture on various anesthesia and pain management topics around the globe and was recently named the VMX 2020 Speaker of the Year for veterinary technicians. Tasha travels across the U.S. to consult with veterinary hospitals on best anesthesia practices. Tasha has authored numerous articles on anesthesia and analgesia topics for veterinary professionals and pet parents. In her spare time Tasha enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and son, and recording the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds Podcast.
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