There are always risks when any anesthetic is administered, regardless of the length of time the patient is anesthetized. Reactions can range from mild – such as swelling at the injection site – to severe – such as anaphylactic shock or death.
In order to reduce the risk of a reaction, there are several steps that can be taken, as directed by your veterinarian.
All members of the Sighthound family are sensitive to a number of anasthetics. Reports of anesthetic deaths are common in the Sighthound family of dogs; therefore, it is very important to discuss this with your Veterinarian in advance of any required surgery. Luckily, today there are many anesthetics that are safe even for Sighthounds.
For additional information on Sighthound sensitivities, see: Anesthesia and your Saluki from the Saluki Club of America.
Note: This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website is intended as a source of information only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional care. Always consult with your Veterinarian about health related matters.