Veterinary medicine is a career that runs a gamut of different facets and has many intricate parts. One of the largest points that pre-veterinary students don’t realize is the significant amount of time spent interacting with the pet owners. And let me tell you, perception by pet owners counts for a lot towards their trust in the veterinary team. But what happens when that perception becomes a misconception??
Clients have often asked me if I have kids, and the answer has always been, “yes, furry and four (or 3 legged).” Yeah, I’m talking about my pets. But exciting news on the way, a human baby will soon be arriving in my home! Whereas I’m really proficient at taking care of pets, a baby is a whole other experience that my wife and I are feverishly reading books to prepare for this momentous life change, as well as stocking up on the essentials so we don’t have to worry running about running out of things. While we’ve been trying to prepare ourselves for this baby, some people have asked, “what about your pets?” Babies and pets can be a cute combination but it takes some practice.
Sedation in Pets
Veterinary medicine has a few words or phrases that nobody wants to hear…”maggots”, “hit by car”, and “quiet”, to name a few. However, “sedation” is not one of them. As a pet owner, you undoubtedly can be concerned about your pet being sick and needing to undergo sedation or anesthesia because those are often emergency situations. Most younger pets undergoing anesthesia for a spay or neuter will do quite well and potentially may be less of a concern for pet owners. Older pets can often do fine under anesthesia or sedation as well as long we monitor closely and take proper precautions. Continue reading