Blood work abnormalities, diabetes, thyroid disease, high or low blood pressure, Cushing’s disease, heart disease and other conditions should be controlled prior to anesthesia, if at all possible.
"If there are realistic alternatives, sure, one should consider them for any patient,” says Khursheed Mama, DVM, Dipl.
ACVA, associate professor of anesthesiology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.
Pet parents often worry that their dog is too old for anesthesia.
This is a huge misconception that prevents many dogs from getting the surgery they need.
Yet the misconception accounts for one of the top three concerns with using anesthesia.