What are the risks of anaesthesia?
Although anaesthesia always carries a degree of risk, the modern drugs in use in practice today minimise the risk, even in older pets. However, if your pet is over 8 years old or suffering from any health problems, we recommend the following options:
- Pre-anaesthetic blood test to identify any pre-existing conditions. The price for this is approximately $95 to $100. If we also test the thyroid gland in a cat, this is an additional $50-85.
- Intravenous fluid therapy (IV drip). This maintains adequate blood pressure and hydration, thereby helping to avoid damage to the vital organs eg. kidneys, which may otherwise occur. The discounted price is approximately $ 91.20.
What kind of dental problems do pets have?
Dental disease is as common in pets as it is in people. The most common problem is periodontal disease. Tartar (made up of saliva, bacteria and food debris) builds up and causes irritation of the gums around the base of the teeth. The resulting inflammation is gingivitis. The gums may recede, exposing the roots, which can lead to pain, infection and tooth loss due to bone resorption. Your pet may have bleeding gums, painful chewing, bad breath and excessive salivation. Sometimes your pet will rub or paw at its sore mouth.
Up to 85% of pets over 3 years of age show signs of gum disease.
Dental disease is also a launch pad for infections which travel via the blood to other parts of the body, especially the kidneys, heart and liver. That is why we are so passionate about catching gum disease early to help keep your pet as happy and healthy for as long as possible.