General anesthesia and sedation is performed daily in veterinary practice, and it is necessary to perform a number of procedures, from routine neutering and imaging, to emergency surgery. Understandably having your dog undergo an anesthetic can be one of the most nerve-wracking things you can experience as an owner, and does not come without some risk – something that can be hard for owners to overcome.
There has been plenty of research conducted over the years looking into the risk of anesthesia. Most recently, a paper titled ‘Mortality Related to General Anesthesia and Sedation in Dogs under UK Primary Veterinary Care’ has been published that has looked at the outcomes of GAs and sedations in dogs visiting first opinion practices in the UK. Let’s have a look at what this important study has shown, and what it means for our dogs that may require anesthesia in the future.