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.
sindorei wrote: I had a vet refuse to spay a 9 year old bitch i had because of the state of her uterus, clamping it to prep it for removal wasnt going to work terribly well and there was a high risk of her bleeding out on the table. so we ended up not doing it and she stopped going into heat shortly thereafter
Misskiwi67 wrote: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.
afrikaPB wrote:Misskiwi67 wrote: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.
x2. We've had 5 pyo dogs come in in the past six weeks, one died post op from respiratory failure (old bulldog), another is still being monitored three days after (and was abandoned by the owners when they couldn't pay the bill for their 16 y/o gal). The rest made it, but it's a much more taxing surgery on an already sick/older animal than a simple spay.
Mooresmajestic wrote:I would do it. Heck, we just did 3 dogs over 7yrs and 4 or 5 over 4yrs today alone. They all do just fine. I would do a dental along with the spay. That way she only has to go under anestesia once.
We seem to notice more cyctic ovaries or abnormalities in older dogs, but those have been present in dogs as young as 4mths. In those cases the dogs were so much happier after surgery, could you imagine having cysts the size of golf balls (one dog had a cyst softball sized) on your ovaries? There was no way to tell they had this until surgery was performed. I've always wondered how common this really is and the owners just aren't told after surgery. At our place I would have to say its about 1 in 50 dogs/cats. And we see a lot of hydrometras too, just had one today in a 7mth old cat.
Leslie H wrote:My vets don't combine teeth cleaning w/anything surgical, because of the risk of infection I think.
Sarah wrote:Huh. I had Tully's teeth cleaned when she was spayed. They were happy to do it, and Tuls had no issues with it. Her teeth weren't real bad, just some tartar and I preferred to get rid of it while she was already out. Might be an old-school thing, I know back when I was working for vets, they used to combine teeth cleaning with other surgeries (not at the same time, or even in the same room, the dentals were done in the treatment room by techs, the surgeries were done in the OR by vets). That was almost 20 years ago.
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