It is important that pet owners understand the importance of anesthesia recovery. At a minimum, an animal should be closely monitored for anesthetic recovery until they are:
1) breathing on their own and
2) ambulatory. If these signs aren’t seen after surgery, please call your vet as soon as possible. A common misconception is that if a pet wakes up from anesthesia, they’re fine. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true! Anesthesia recovery can be painful and slow-going so it’s important to monitor your animal until they are fully conscious and mobile. Please keep in mind these tips for recovering animals: Do not disturb them during the first 30 minutes after waking up from surgery (unless instructed by the vet).
Give lots of fluids throughout day one to avoid dehydration. Try to get them active as soon as possible – walking around outside or on a leash will help with mobility. When you notice any signs of discomfort like panting or whining, contact your veterinarian immediately! Brush their teeth gently before letting go for the night to prevent.