Do they use the same kind of anesthesia for dental cleaning as for general surgery. I'm scheduled to get Laylas teeth cleaned, but as I've been brushing them, they are looking pretty good and since she had such an awful time with anesthesia during her spay, I'm considering cancelling it.
yes they use a general anesthetic. so they are completely asleep for the procedure. what kind of anesthetic did they use on her for her spay ? what we usually do is give a pre-anesthetic, then the injectable anesthetic and then they are maintained on an inhalant. for small dogs we just give them a shot of butorphanol and then mask them down with the inhalant. there is a newer drug out called propofol. it is an injectable but only stays in their system for about 20 minutes. some vets will do a minor procedure just on that cause you can give them a little more at a time while they are still under if you need longer. we don't do it that way though. we give it to them and then maintain on the inhalant. you can tell when the propoflo is worn off because they start breathing a litlle faster so they are monitored closely for the first 15 - 20 minutes they are under. most of the reactions i have seen are either with the preanesthic acepromazine or the ketamine. the ace can tend to keep them under longer then you want and the ketamine they can seizure on. but it isn't an every animal, or common thing. if the brushing is working then maybe she doesn't need to have it done. but brushing won't remove what is already on there. it will minimize more buildup. for her, she's a shitzu right? we would just mask her down in our office. they go down quick and are up quick.
I really don't know what was used. It was a spay and hernia repair. All I know is, I had to leave her a couple of hours longer because she didn't want to wake up, and on top of that, she shivered, vomited and felt generally nasty the rest of the night. It may have also been the morphine they said they gave her for pain. I actually removed quite a lot of plaque with this Wysong dentafrice powder I'm using. It's surprisingly good, but I don't know what's under the gumline and I know little dogs teeth can get nasty really fast. As I have mentioned many times, my old cocker had horrible teeth, despite brushing and I spent nearly a thousand dollars for abscesses, extractions, etc. I'm really paranoid about teeth but I hate to see her go through the same experience as after her spay. Anyway, thanks for the info, I'm sure if I remind the vet how rotten she felt the first time, he'll take it into account.
generally in our office if we have an animal that has an out of the ordinary reaction to an anesthetic we make a note on their chart so we avoid using the same thing again. hopefully your vet jotted down what she experienced and will use something different. when i had a c-section i had a bad reaction to morphine also. kept me knocked out for along time and i had such an itchy face i broke thru the straps and ripped my face wide open. not a pretty site, especially when no one told me and everyone who came to visit kept asking each other what happened to my face. if i had known what i looked like i would never have had any visitors. if her mouth looks good and the gums aren't red and inflamed, then i would keep up with the brushing and only have it done if you suspect a problem. many small breeds have a high predispostion to having bad teeth, and most owners don't bother with brushing. if you decide to go thru with it tell the doctor about her experience the last time and ask him to use something else with her. have a great night. have to go to bed now. work tomorrow BLAH!
LOL Scout. I know it's not funny, but I'm sure years later you can laugh about it. I had two c sections myself and thank God no reaction to the morphine. However I only vaguely remember my brother visiting. It's a blur, although he swears we had a conversation. I hope I was nice :) I have always had them clean my dogs teeth at Petsmart. Should I be doing more than that? I know greyhounds have a problem with their teeth too. I don't know if it's because they're on a raw meat diet or what. When they did the spay they cleaned her teeth, so I was hoping if I kept up with it that it would take care of everything. Should I be watching for something specifically?
yeah gina i do laugh about it now. if only you had seen me !! if they cleaned her teeth at the time of spay i would keep up with brushing 3 times a week. if you notice red gums, inflammation, bad odor or lack of appetite then have them checked by the vet. when we spay or neuter greyhounds for the local rescue places we always clean their teeth too. i just thought it was the people we dealt with.. i guess it is commonplace for it to be done across the country ? how interesting.