Anesthesia side effects for cats

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Side effects due to anesthesia in cats depend on the kind of sedation used for that specific surgery. The veterinarian will conduct urine and blood tests before the surgery. An X-ray may also be undertaken to make sure the cat has no underlying condition which will bar a specific anesthetic. The veterinarian will ask you not to feed the cat for about 12 hours before the surgery. This will stop the cat from vomiting as the animal goes under sedation. The vomit may enter its lungs, and result in aspiration pneumonia or suffocation. The standard side effect is drowsiness after the surgery. This condition lasts for a day or a little more.

Ketamine. This is used as an anesthetic if the cat is healthy and young. Your cat will be zoned out for an hour after it gets injected with ketamine. The cat will become fully normal after 24 hours. This compound is not suitable for cats having epilepsy or any heart disease. The quantity of ketamine to be injected to the cat depends on the weight of the animal. The chemical has one strange side effect of changing the personality of the cat, either temporarily or even permanently.

Acepromazine. This is not an anesthetic but a tranquilizer and is given to cats before they get under the scalpel. It is given with the anesthesia and helps to achieve complete sedation. The acepromazine effects last anytime from six hours to eight hours. The list of side effects includes the incidence of lowered blood pressure, leading to an increase in your kitty's heart rate. This drug must not be given to cats suffering from anemia, epilepsy, and cardiac disease. The appearance of a cat's third eyelid a few hours after the surgery is normal. The third eyelid is a nictitating membrane that will disappear with the effects of the drug.

Gas anesthetics

If you have a senior cat, or for a more complex operation, the veterinarian will utilize gas anesthesia of the same type used in human surgeries. The common anesthetics utilized in sevoflurane or isoflurane. The quantity of anesthetic the cat receives depends on the weight, general wealth, age, or any breed linked complications. The amount of anesthetic the kitty receives depends on the general wealth, age, or weight. Breed linked difficulties also weigh in. Side effects include kidney failure, blood clotting issues, or cardiac problems. The animal may also suffer from blindness.

After the cat comes home post-surgery, keep your kitty in a safe and quiet place where the animal can recover. The veterinarian will inform you when you can begin to feed your cat. It is alright if a newly operated cat cannot have a bowel movement up to 24 hours post operation, but call the veterinarian if this condition continues after that.

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