I saw a post on this topic a few months ago but can't find it now... My Chihuhaua will be neutered in 2 weeks. Bosco had a severe allergic reaction to his 12-week shot (his head swelled up, he was vomitting, etc.) Since then I have been very worried about him having another reaction to meds. Is it common for dogs to have a reaction to the anesthesia used during neutering? If so, is it more common in small dogs and/or dogs that have shown a reaction to shots in the past? Is there a way to determine this beforehand? Thanks for any assistance you can provide!
Hmm... If the vet uses light anesteshia (The one word I CANNOT spell) I think everything will be fine. As for the shots, maybe it was jsut a reaction from the stuff in the vaccine, and not his size. Good luck! ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
I remember Pipey as a small pup getting her second set of shots,she had a real bad reaction to her vaccines. The next day we couldn't even touch her with out her crying. It lasted about 24 hours ,then she was fine.As far as anestesia ,some animals can have reactions,I really can't say more then that,i'm not experienced in the vetinary field. I would only say that the amount of times the surgery is performed to any bad reactions ,a bad reaction to happen to your dog is most likely slim to none.I've had 3 dogs spayed,all of them came out fine.
Anesthesia is not the same as vaccinations. I'm curious, was your pup vaccinated for leptospirosis? If he was, I would be wililng to bet that's what caused the allergic reaction, chihuahuas and a lot of other small breed dogs react badly to that vaccine. That said, the best thing you can do is to pay the extra money to have preanesthetic testing done on the dog, and ask your vet to use either Isoflourane.
it is not common for animals to have reactions to anesthesia. lots of breeds have sensitivities to anesthesia. my breed, sighthounds, snub - nose breeds and chihuahua's. i would rec. you having pre - op blood work done prior to the surgery just to make sure that your dogs liver and kidneys are functioning properly prior to being anesthetized. those are the 2 major organs in the body that are responsible for filtering the anesthetic thru the system. if they are compromised, then your dog is at a higher risk for the anesthesia. talk to your vet and tell him your concerns, that chi's are sensitive to some anesthetics and ask him for his advice. he may want to avoid giving pre op sedatives. for little tiny dogs we just mask them down with an inhalant anesthetic and give them an anti pain injection, butorphanol, first because it has some sedative effects. masking them down is just like the doctor or dentist putting the mask over our face to knock us out. inhalants are generally metabolized thru the system alot faster than injectable anesthetics.
Some are known to not only have reactions like vomiting, but have died from being under. Seek out a vet that is used to dealing with toy breeds. There is on anethstia that is preferential to use. I can find out later for you, if you like. When did you say the surgery will take place?