Are There Side Effects of Anesthesia in Dogs? – Dogster

There are many reasons that your dog may need to undergo anesthesia in her lifetime. Anesthesia has a scary reputation among pet parents, and it only takes a few Google searches to find a scary abyss of anesthesia horror stories from fellow pet parents. Even though proper anesthesia is generally very safe, the idea of our pets “going under” is nerve-racking, and side effects of anesthesia in dogs can appear concerning. Having an informed understanding of anesthesia can help you feel more comfortable for your dog’s next anesthetic procedure.

What is anesthesia for dogs?

Anesthesia is a state of controlled unconsciousness brought upon by the administration of specific drugs. This unconscious state allows for your dog to undergo important veterinary procedures without pain or restraint. For general anesthesia in dogs, the most commonly used gasses include Isoflurane and Sevoflurane. These two options are equally safe and effective.

Anesthesia also includes local anesthesia. Examples of procedures when local anesthesia is used include punch biopsies of lumps while your dog is “awake,” a local block prior to a tooth extraction or a spinal epidural for more invasive surgeries.