MarMar wrote:Agree, 8 yo is not that old, and with a knowledgeable anesthetist and proper protocols she'll be fine. My old girl Dolly was not spayed but she was between 15-17 when I adopted her, she lived another 2.5 years and I am still amazed she never got pyo, she would not have survived the surgery I don't think.
Meh, we do surgery for tumors etc on dogs 12 and older all the time. Its sad sometimes how the general public thinks pets will die under anesthesia after 10 years of age. Dental procedures require much longer anesthetic than most surgeries, and we perform these on senior dogs every day. Unless she was quite obese, the spay should not have been a problem for her. I'm glad to hear she did so well though, and obviously it was a good choice for your dog.
Dogs can handle much more than we give them credit for. Unless there is significant heart disease present, I cannot think of any otherwise healthy animal of any age that I would not be comfortable anesthetizing, even for a prolonged period of time. This is because we have excellent trained monitoring staff, quality monitoring equipment including ECG and blood pressure, and very up to date anesthetic protocols. If you have the tools and training, senior anesthesia is not much different than young pet anesthesia.
One thing to note, I would not recommend senior anesthesia be done anywhere that does not utilize (not just have, but USE) blood pressure monitoring and does not catheterize and provide IV fluids under anesthesia for senior pets.