The NAVC Clinician’s Brief just published a helpful article on breed-specific anesthesia risks, which is well worth reading. The article provides a good overview of anesthesia issues and concerns by dog breed or size, including a helpful checklist of recommendations for protocols to use, not use and watch-outs. Both are good resources for you to review prior to any surgery involving anesthesia. I would also recommend walking through these recommendations with your vet, along with the AAHA anesthesia guidelines and the ACVA anesthesia monitoring guidelines, prior to your dog’s surgery. It’s important to let your vet know that you are informed and involved in your pet’s care. It never hurts to remind them of breed-specific risks and recommendations, and the good vets will welcome your involvement, not resent it!
The link to the full article on the Clinician’s Brief Web site is here: http://www.cliniciansbrief.com//column/taxonomy/term/23406/breed-specific-anesthesia