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What Are The Chances Of Complications During And After Surgery?
Here’s what some of the most frequently cited studies found about complication rates for male and female dogs. Keep in mind that most neuter and spay complications are typically minor and require little to no treatment.
One study of tracked complications at a U.S. veterinary teaching hospital found that the rates of postoperative spay complications were 14.1%, the intraoperative (during surgery) spay complications were 6.3%, and the total of all complications were 20.6%.2 A study of five Canadian veterinary private practitioners found total complication rates of 22% for spaying female dogs.3
While the studies above were relatively small, the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) charity branch, RCVS Knowledge, collects data from 30,000 practices around the country — a much larger data set than other statistics we’ve found. Their reported outcomes from spaying surgery included:1
A study of five Canadian veterinary private practitioners found a total complication rate (both during and after surgery) of 19% for neutering male dogs.3
The RCVS Knowledge database’s reported outcomes from neutering (castrating) surgery included:1
Fiction #2: My dog (or her breed) is sensitive to anesthesia.
Fact: While some breeds do have certain sensitivities to specific drugs, these are uncommon. In fact, in most cases, monitoring a dog’s condition (anesthetic depth, blood oxygen level, respiration, blood pressure, body temperature and heart electrical activity) throughout an anesthetic procedure is far more important than which drug is selected.
Moreover, most veterinarians are already in the habit of tailoring an anesthetic protocol to each patient’s needs. We well know that in the anesthesia world, one size does not fit all.
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The word anesthesia comes from the Greek word meaning “lack of sensation.” Anesthesia is accomplished by administering drugs that depress nerve function. In general anesthesia, the patient is made unconscious for a short period of time. During this unconscious state, there is muscular relaxation and a complete loss of pain sensation.
Other types of anesthesia include local anesthesia, such as numbing a localized area of skin or a tooth, and spinal anesthesia, such as an epidural block commonly used in humans during childbirth.