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Is My Dog Too Old For Anesthesia?

When is a dog too old for anesthesia? Senior dog anesthesia is a calculated risk.

As a veterinarian, I have a healthy respect for anesthesia and understand my clients' fears.  Anesthesia is essentially the process of taking a living being to the brink of death—obliterating many life-preserving reflexes—and then bringing that being back to life again. It is never, ever without risk, but that risk should be carefully calculated from the start—weighing risk vs reward.

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