Most French Bulldogs do well under anesthesia, but on the other hand they have had problems managing the anesthesia or even died during or after the surgery. Vets can use a milder form of anesthesia on your French Bulldog, so ask them before your French Bulldog goes down.
Anesthesia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs is more risky than other dog breeds because in Bulldogs the upper respiratory muscle becomes relaxed and inactive during general anesthesia.
Anesthesia is considered “high risk” if your pet has medical conditions that increase their risk of dying while under anesthesia. This is not a guarantee that it will die, but there is a higher chance it could happen and you should be prepared for the possibility that your pet could die while under anesthesia.
Anesthesia complications commonly observed in older dogs include low blood pressure or hypotension; low heart rate or bradycardia; low blood oxygen or hypoxemia; and extended recovery.
Certain dogs are at greater risk of anesthesia because of their breed, size, health or age. These risks can range from minor problems, such as mild vomiting after recovering from anesthesia, to life-threatening problems, such as cardiac arrest or stroke.
The answer: “Typically it’s very safe to stun old dogs,” advises Dr. Mountain. “It’s probably a little less safe to stun an old dog than a healthy young dog,” he says. “But many of the dogs that are sick and need surgery are old dogs.
If it’s just a cleanse, it should be relatively quick, and an Aubree-sized spay generally takes 30 minutes, so hopefully she won’t be under anesthesia for more than two hours . This is generally an acceptable anesthetic time for a healthy dog.
According to the 2019 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, anesthesia-free dentistry is neither safer nor sufficiently comparable to supra- and subgingival cleaning in an anesthetized patient and is therefore unacceptable.
Many drugs used in anesthesia have profound effects on the cardiovascular system that healthy hearts can compensate for; However, an anesthetized patient with MVD is very likely to decompensate and is at risk of developing CHF.
Other rare complications of anesthesia include organ system failure (such as kidney, liver or heart failure), vision problems, coagulopathy and seizures. Your veterinarian will take every precaution to minimize these risks while your dog is anesthetized.
Some pets will also vocalize or whine when the last remaining sedatives or anesthetics are removed from their system, or in response to prescribed pain medication. If the crying or whining is weak and intermittent, you can simply observe the situation. If the vocalization persists, please call us for advice.
Age is not a disease, and your dog is never “too old” to receive the quality care he or she needs, even if it involves anesthesia and surgery.
Depending on the treatment your dog is undergoing, they will be in a spectrum of sedation levels. For example, if your pet has a quick teeth cleaning, the vet team will ensure they remain sedated so they do not wake up during the procedure.
An animal may exhibit behavioral changes for a few days, acting as if it does not recognize familiar surroundings, people, or other animals. Changes in behavior after general anesthesia are very common and usually resolve within a few days.
Anesthesia can cause nausea and vomiting. Some vomiting for a few days after the procedure isn’t usually a cause for concern (unless you see other warning signs, like blood in the vomit). Loss of appetite may also occur.