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Anesthesia - Cats- When Anesthetics are Needed - Risks of Anesthesia

Anesthesia is necessary for many surgical procedures for cats, although it comes with certain risks. An understanding the kinds of anesthesia, how they work, and when one kind or another of an anesthetic is indicated, will help you evaluate its use with your own cat.

Understanding Anesthesia for Cats
From your Guide: A better understanding of some of the commonly-used types of anesthetics and analgesics (pain relievers), how they work, and their potential drawbacks, will help us make the best decisions when it comes to sedating our cats.

How Anesthetic Gases Work
Novice-friendly information from Dr.s Foster and Smith on how inhaled anesthetics work.

Preanesthetic Planning and Screening Tests
The all-important blood tests that should always be administered prior to use of anesthetics on cats, particularly elders or those with chronic conditions, or who are at risk for other reasons.

Stages of Anesthesia
The process of anethesia consumes several stages, and each of them should be monitored carefully, according to Dr.Jennifer Prince, DVM, of PetEducation.com.

Anesthesia, Analgesia and Sedation
Intended for veterinary students at the great University of Minnesota, this page is chock-full of information for the lay person, as well.

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