Common Complications of Anesthesia

June 16, 2018

There are several complications veterinarians need to be prepared for.

When animals are under anesthesia, Geoffrey Truchetti, DMV, MSc, DES, DAVAA, anesthesiologist at Centre Vétérinaire Rive Sud in Quebec, Canada, says veterinarians monitor the cardiovascular and respiratory systems the most often. But there are several complications that they need to be prepared for.

The most common complications are hypotension, hypoventilation, hypoxemia, and hypothermia. These complications can have a wide impact on the body systems, and have been shown to be linked to various conditions, which Dr. Truchetti explains further.