Pug Anesthesia: What to Know Beforehand & Afterwards?


It is important for you as the owner to be informed or taught about these hazards and how to manage them since anesthesia poses a greater threat to pugs than it does to many other breeds of dogs. A significant number of toy breed dogs have passed away while undergoing anesthesia. It is my recommendation that you go to a regular veterinary facility for ANY treatment that requires anesthesia rather than a low-cost spay/neuter clinic or a clinic that is managed by a shelter. To put it another way, there are simply just too many dangers for your Pug. This kind of dog has a flat face, therefore you need to use extreme care while handling it.

What to do beforehand:

Have your Pug examined thoroughly, paying particular attention to the veterinarian’s examination of his or her heart. Any surgical procedure is made more difficult by the presence of a cardiac murmur. Make sure that the veterinarian takes some blood a few days before the procedure and evaluates the general health of the kidneys and liver in addition to the function of any other organs that need to be examined. Having this done is sometimes referred to as getting a blood panel. This is something that I do EACH AND EVERY TIME one of my dogs needs surgery for a couple of reasons: first, it provides me with a measurable standard of my dog’s health that I can compare, and second, it enables the veterinarian to know EXACTLY the speed and efficiency at which the organs are working. In spite of the fact that these tests put an extra $30 to $50 onto the bill of the operation, it is well worth the money if it lets the veterinarian know that they need to use less medicine than they would have imagined to be necessary with such a huge tiny dog.

Ensure that the operation is scheduled for early in the day so that your dog is either the first or second patient of the day, or bring them in just before the procedure. If the veterinarian requests that you bring your Pug in at 8:00 AM, the operation should at the very latest be started at 12:00 PM. If they have anything in their stomachs when the surgery starts, they can vomit it up and choke to death on it because they can’t gag when they’re knocked out. Therefore, it is imperative that you comply with ALL of the requirements that the veterinarian has regarding not allowing them to eat or drink the night before the procedure.

Make certain that the veterinarian utilizes the gas anesthetic known as isofluorane; this requires you to inquire about it in advance. Isoflurorane is widely regarded as one of the most secure anesthetics currently available. Because any excess that your Pug could acquire will be exhaled out of the mouth, the possibility of it getting too much is much reduced. Other injectable anesthetics and older gases like halothane are among those that may be absorbed by the liver and other organs in the body. An overdose is conceivable in the event that the veterinarian does not get the dosage just correct (remember that blood panel?). Isofluorane also shortens the amount of time it takes for your Pug to regain consciousness and become awake and alert—normally within fifteen to thirty minutes, as opposed to the hours or even days of recovery time required by previous drugs.

So which drugs are good?

In this regard, I diverge from a great many other individuals and their experiences. I want to emphasize once again that this is simply the approach that I use with my veterinarian. Be certain that your Pug will not be sedated with barbiturates before the procedure by the veterinarian. Many veterinarians “premedicate” their procedures with a barbituate sedative in order to make the animal more manageable during the induction of the breathing tube and to reduce the amount of induction agent (which refers to the isofluorane) that will be necessary for the procedure. A lot of veterinarians prescribe acepromazine, which isn’t very dangerous, but they often give it in doses that are excessively high for little dogs, which may lead to respiratory depression. Additionally, Ace might lengthen the time it takes to recuperate, which is very risky for pugs. They have to wake up as soon as possible. The isofluorane breathing tube has to be inserted down into your dog’s throat by a veterinarian; however, I do not believe that an injection of any kind is required in order to do this procedure. Never under any circumstances provide permission to your veterinarian to employ a “standard” combination of xylazine and ketamine, since this might result in the stopping of the Pug’s heart. Instead, you should have your dog “masked” by the veterinarian. This indicates that the veterinarian places the isofluorane gas mask over the dog’s face and maintains this position for a few seconds. The Pug will take a few deep breaths of the gas and then drift off into a light sleep, which will give the veterinarian just enough time to install the breathing tube. With this approach, your veterinarian will just inject the isofluorane gas into your body; no other chemicals will be used.

During the procedure, the veterinarian should have at the very least an electrocardiogram machine and a blood pressure monitor. These may come at an additional expense, but they provide an additional layer of protection, which a Pug needs on every level possible. I never give my permission for surgery or anesthesia unless they are present. In addition, I ensure that a veterinary technician will check the patient’s heart rate and breathing rate at least once every few minutes. Even better would be if there was someone present only to check the fact that your Pug kept breathing all during the procedure. Indeed, the total of all of these expenses is higher. Absolutely, the cost of our Pugs is justified.

Make sure that your veterinarian plans to provide intravenous (IV) fluids in the case that the operation will take a long time or if your Pug has any pre-existing health condition. This will help avoid dehydration and maintain strength after the procedure. Even though it cost more money, it was money well spent.

What about care afterwards?

After the operation, it is important to make sure that your Pug will be kept warm and away from drafts. They do not need a heating pad, but they also do not need to be kept at a cold temperature. A Pug would be better off waking up on a blanket from home that smells like home since the fragrances that are familiar to them help keep them relaxed and make them less afraid of the new environment.

Investigate the possibility of bringing your dog back home on the same day that he has surgery. We return our Pugs home in the afternoon after they have their teeth extracted, and immediately before closing time after they have been spayed or neutered, provided that the procedure is successful and there are no complications. I make it a point never to leave a Pug alone for the night following surgery, even if it’s only for observation to make sure everything went well. When they are at home, they are often more at ease and comfortable, and you will be able to keep them apart from your other pets. Have a detailed conversation with your veterinarian about the potential risks and consequences associated with surgical procedures, as well as the warning signals you should watch out for. It’s likely that the redness and swelling are more noticeable to you than it is to them. You are in a position to provide far higher levels of individualized care and assistance than the veterinary staff, assuming that anybody is even there throughout the night.

According to my veterinarian, it is the practice of the clinic to require all pets to remain overnight.

If you can’t find vets who will disagree with that assertion, go elsewhere. Be aware, though, that the veterinarian could suggest that because you haven’t established a solid connection with them. Realize that the care of your dog is also the responsibility of your veterinarian, and by talking this out, you and your veterinarian may be able to build some trust with one another. It’s possible that at some time the veterinarian may recognize that he can trust you to keep an eye out for any indicators of trouble with your dog. A very competent veterinarian will be willing to work with you, will respect your intellect and your capacity to monitor your own dog, will realize that various breeds of dogs have different requirements, and will accept that some of his customers may really know something about their own breed. (It’s also conceivable that you’ve shown your veterinarian in the past that you have a lack of expertise, and as a result, they really do not believe that you or your home environment is the ideal location for your Pug to recuperate. Do not take that assessment personally, but instead focus on figuring out how you can improve it.) Consider looking for a new veterinarian if your current one is unable to provide you with a valid justification for why your dog should not be allowed to return home.

You are a unique sort of pet owner, and a skilled veterinarian will recognize this about you. You have an advantage over other proprietors since you have educated yourself and educated yourself via study. You have been more interested in the lives of your Pug. You take part in making choices about what is best for your Pug, and you inquire if you have a question about anything you don’t understand. Simply the fact that you are here is a very good beginning.

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