As with any breed, there are a few health concerns that surround Toy Manchester Terriers and as a result could affect how surgical procedures are performed on them. There are many great veterinarians out there but not all of them will have intimate knowledge of the Toy Manchester Terrier's health quirks. Therefore you, as the owner, should be armed with knowledge about the best way your dog should be administered anesthetics and prepped for any surgical procedure.
Anesthetic could be used for minor surgery or even dental procedures. It should also be noted that each breed of dog tends to metabolize medications and anesthetics differently and those with high metabolisms like the Toy Manchester Terrier are more at risk for complications.
For most dogs, they are administered something called premeds, which are medications used to calm them and sedate them in preparation for surgery. Then once the surgery is ready to begin, the veterinarian administers a does of anesthetic to keep the dog asleep. Well, in Toy Manchester Terriers, they have a problem with metabolizing the initial medications. Thus when it is time to administer an injectable anesthetic right before surgery, the poor terrier is essentially getting the effects of a double anesthetic which can cause problems in the central nervous system and the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Therefore, Toy Manchester Terriers should have a gas-based anesthetic right on the operating table without the initial surgery medications. This causes a few extra problems for the vet, but at least you have more reassurance and guarantees that your Manchester will not develop problems or even die on the operating table.
Several factors should be considered as well when the vet selects an anesthetic for your dog. The age of your Toy Manchester Terrier comes into play as well as the presence of any pre-existing conditions such as kidney or liver disease. Some dogs can be anesthetized more quickly than others, so how rapid this happens to your Manchester can affect the outcome of the surgery.
Heart health should be taken into account as well, so how the heart's rhythm and rate are affected by anesthetics is important. Blood pressure issues and how quickly your dog recovers also can affect the type of anesthetic used. The most important issue is how the anesthetic affects your dog's behavior as well as its reaction to the vet and technicians trying to prep for and perform the surgery.
Overall, inhaled gassed anesthetics are the best choice for Toy Manchester Terriers because they work quickly, can be re-administered quickly in case it starts to wear off during surgery and it is also easier for your dog to recover from its lingering effects. If the gas anesthetic worked correctly, your Toy Manchester Terrier should start waking up within 10-15 minutes after surgery.
One of the most important things you should know as a Toy Manchester Terrier owner is that you should make sure that your dog is fully hydrated before, during and after the anesthetic is administered for the surgery. Because of their body type and nature, they could easily lose fluids and become dehydrated which can hinder the surgery and recovery process. In fact, ask your pet's vet about administering IV fluids in the event the surgery is expected to take longer than 15-20 minutes.