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Old 01-29-2014, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Has anyone had any problems with anesthesia when X-raying hips?

So, we are scheduled for tomorrow to have Hans's hips and elbows X-rayed.

My husband was adamant that he doesn't think that the dog should be put under for this.

I think it is important to look, and to know, and besides, it was in the puppy contract. I was to have the X-rays done and send the results to the breeder.

The vet I chose does all the K9s in the area and is very familiar with the breed.

Is there anything that would deter you from going ahead with this?

What was your experience when having your GSD's hips X-rayed? What can I expect?

Thank you for any replies. I would love to have some things to show my husband.

And here is a recent pic, because I haven't posted one on a while.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think going under occasionally will harm the dog. Kaleb has a retained testicle, so when he gets neutered we are having the hip x-rays done.

Riley was x-rayed quite a bit in his almost 10 months. He had health issues anyway, but I don't think having so many x-rays done helped.
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anesthesia can lead to pancreatitis - there is some relation to decreased oxygen and blood flow to the pancreas.

and then of course there are certain anesthetics that are on the MDR1 list
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No experience with X-rays but when Rusty went in for his neuter last summer I paid extra for a pre-anesthetic blood work prior to surgery. Just to make sure there were no blood disorders, clotting issues, etc. The test checked a variety of things.
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Oh...love the headshot of Hans. He's a hunk
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I've had both. Multiple dogs under sedation and multiple dogs w/o. If your vet can get a shot with them conscious it can* contribute to a tighter-appearing joint. That said, not all dogs like being flipped on their backs by near-strangers and twerked into a pretty uncomfortable and unnatural position so it might be required.
At the clinic where I worked we sedated many, many dogs for many, many things. Never lost one for x-rays or anything of that nature and no complications.

The best part of having them knocked out for a procedure like this is the hilarious photos you can get of them in recovery. :P

* I'm sure this has proponents on both sides.
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Surgery has been considered another risk factor; however, most postsurgical cases of pancreatitis are now believed to be due to pancreatic hypoperfusion during anesthesia

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Pancreatitis in Small Animals: The Exocrine Pancreas: Merck Veterinary Manual


If you're not breeding Hans, then why not reserve the need for anesthesia for emergencies if one ever comes up
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I prefer to put them under only when necessary and I now get blood work done prior to any procedures.
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This would not be general anesthesia, but mild sedation.
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Depending on the sedation used it is generally safe. Personally, my dogs would not tolerate being positioned for an OFA view X-ray without sedation. Last week my pup got his prelims dine, we used Dexdomitor and Torb. Pics shot, he was reversed, and walking around 20 minutes later.

Talk to the vet about what protocol they are using, make sure they are comfortable with it. If you are worried, get bloodwork and have them place a catheter.


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