Dangers of Anesthesia

albuquerque pet surgery
albuquerque pet surgery

Pets need anesthesia if they have to undergo a surgery or dental cleaning. This is a necessary part of their veterinary health care, but anesthesia is not with out risk. It is important to understand the risks, and what you can do to help lower the risks. 

Most dogs are fine with anesthesia. Only 1 in 100,000 have a reaction to it. Your dog is at a higher health risk by getting into the car to drive to the vet than from the anesthesia. 

How to Reduce Your Dog Risk of Anesthesia

At our Albuquerque veterinary clinic, we give all of our patients pre and post-op instructions. These instructions are provided to help reduce the risk of negative affects of anesthesia, and complications from surgery. These instructions must always be followed.


Fasting for several hours before they are given anesthesia is important. Having food in their stomach during surgery can increase their risk of vomiting during the procedure and aspirating food (getting food into their lungs) or fluid into their lungs. Aspirating food or fluid can lead to aspiration pneumonia which can be deadly. 

Health History

Make sure you give your Albuquerque vet a complete health history, including information about vaccinations, lifestyle (how active are they), andy medications or supplements, and diet. There are certain health risks that may present themselves during a health history that are risk factors and these are important for your veterinarian to know. 

How soon after anesthesia will your dog be back to normal?

Pets typically recover very quickly from anesthesia. Often when you pick them up they will be a big groggy and may remain groggy for a few hours. This can have more to do with being tired from the stress of the visit and surgery than the anesthesia. Your dog should be left to rest for a few days after the procedure. Typically you are allowed to feed your dog as soon as they get home. If there were any issues, or if the surgery requires ongoing fasting, your vet will let you know. 

Make sure you follow all go-home instructions for your dog, including feeding instructions. It is very important to follow all the instructions. We give those to you to help your dog recover quickly and properly. If you have any concerns, call the emergency number provided to you by your vet. 

Feline Leukemia

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You have likely heard about Feline Leukemia (FeLV), and may have even known a cat that has had Feline Leukemia.  Here is the scary stuff:

  • Feline Leukemia is not curable.
  • 85% of cats that contract Feline Leukemia die within 3 years, less if they go untreated.
  • Feline Leukemia is contagious to other cats but not to humans. 
  • Feline Leukemia is the most common cause of death in domestic cats. 
  • A cat can have the virus without showing symptoms right away. 

Here is the not scary stuff:

  • FeLV is preventable with a vaccination.

How Do Cats Get FeLV?

The FeLV virus is transmitted through body fluids:

  • saliva
  • mucus
  • urine and feces
  • blood.

Typically it is transmitted through direct contact between cats, things like mutual grooming, shared litter boxes, shared food and water bowls. It can also be passed to kitten in utero or through their milk. It can also be transmitted through bites and scratches. 

Symptoms of FeLV

Keep in mind that a cat can have Feline Leukemia and have no symptoms, this is why it is important to get your cat tested. 

  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Pale or swollen gums
  • Oily fur
  • Abscesses
  • Fever
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Significant changes in behavior
  • Vision or other eye problems
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Reproductive problems (in females)
  • Jaundice (yellow skin)
  • Chronic skin disease
  • Respiratory distress (aka. breathing difficulty)
  • Lethargy

How Is FeLV Treated?

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There is no cure for FeLV. Treatment is based on the best course of action to provide your cat with the highest quality of life. This could be medications or diet. Your vet will advise you on the best possible course. 

How Can FeLV Be Prevented?

Get the vaccine! There is a vaccine for FeLV. Though you cannot cure it, you can prevent it. Come into our daily walk-in shot clinic to get your FeLV vaccination. 

If your cat has the vaccination then you don’t need to worry about contracting the disease. If your cat is not vaccinated, you need to get them vaccinated immediately, but in the mean time, keep them away from other cats to avoid any possible contamination. 

Spay and Neuter in January!

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kitten albuquerque

Did you know that January is the season of Heat…or the season of being in season? Most cats start their fertility cycle in late winter/early spring. Pretty soon your cat will start the yowling and crying, and maybe even dragging her butt on the ground leaving yucky red streaks on your carpet. I know, it doesn’t sound appealing, but it does happen. 



Getting your cat spayed does more than just stop her from yowling and making a mess. It is also better for her physical and mental health. Mentally, going into heat without being bred is very stressful for your cat. She is biologically craving a mate. Her body wants to breed. So not breeding actually causes her mental discomfort…not to mention that she will cause you mental discomfort as well as she expresses her own displeasure at her predicament. Physically, she is at a higher risk for cancer. Getting your cat spayed affects her hormones and decreases her risk of certain types of feline cancer.

We always have great promotions on surgeries and spays and neuters. 

So get your cat spayed before she drives you nuts.

Get her spayed before she drives herself nuts.

Get her spayed because it is good for her health.