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Did You Know That the Death Rate is 12 Times Higher for Pet Surgery Compared to Humans? But Many Veterinary Hospitals Are As Safe As Human Hospitals

The 4 Veterinary Secrets That You Need To Know Before Your Pet Has Surgery

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2008, the estimated risk of anesthetic-related mortality in dogs was 12 times greater than in humans, but when anesthesia was done in the same manner as in humans the risk was the same. Surgery for your pet is more risky than surgery for people, but it does not have to be that way. Studies done at multiple veterinary schools show that when veterinarians use the same techniques and protocols as used in humans - the risks for surgery are reduced to same level or even below human hospitals. As a pet owner you need to know about the most significant surgical risks to your pet. When comparing one hospital with another you need the facts to make an informed decision.

1. Type and Method of Anesthesia used by the Veterinarian makes all the difference in your pet’s safety during surgery

 There are many very different drugs and methods of anesthesia used by veterinarians. The safety and the cost of these drugs vary greatly. You may wonder why a veterinarian would choose anything other than the safest technique...


2. Cellular Hypoxia During Anesthesia is what usually what causes death during anesthesia

 The number one cause of complications leading to death for a pet is cellular hypoxia. This happens when cells are starved of oxygen. When the cells of the heart are starved cardiac complications occur...


3. The Importance of Sterility and Quality of Surgical Equipment and Sutures

 Another complication in surgery can come from improperly sterilized surgical instruments. There is only one acceptable method of sterilizing – extreme heat and pressure created by an autoclave that kills all bacteria, fungi, and viruses...


4. Your Pet’s Safety Depends On The Surgical Training of Veterinarians and Staff and This Varies Greatly From One Hospital to Another.

 In human medicine doctors are required to do advance training after medical surgery before doing surgery in hospitals. In veterinary medicine, no such training is required. That is why there is such a wide range of surgical abilities and training in veterinarians as compared with human surgeons...