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SHIH TZU WARNINGS

 

The following information is provided as warning information for new Shih Tzu owners. Be advised these are my experinces and opinions. You have to do research and form yoru own opinions for your baby. You would not just follow any advice blindly with your child. You would research and find the best answers for him/ her. Your Shih Tzu is yoru child now and you are the parent. MAKE EDUCATED CHOICES for them. 

 

COMMON PROCEDURES & ANESTHESIA

 

All vets are not created equal. Just because they went to school does not mean they know whats best for your baby. Shih Tzu puppies are have been lost for normal spay/ neuter procedures. Every vet is different as far as their procedures for anesthesia. Ask your vet for details of his or her plan for your baby before the day of the appointment so you are clear about how things will go in the operating room. Step by step. From pre anesthesia to recovery. You have a right to know.

 

Here is a brief article about anesthesia and brachycephalic breeds. 

 

Because in brachycephalic breeds additional airway contraction can occur with stress (ie, increased respiratory effort, turbulent flow), clinicians need to be prepared for possible upper airway obstruction. Further - more, brachycephalic dogs must be monitored closely after premedication, throughout anesthesia and the postoperative period, and after extubation. An oxygen source and endotracheal tube should be readily available.

 


Preoxygenation is recommended before brachycephalic dogs are induced. 2-4 Propofol or a similar shortacting drug should be used for induction and intubation should be completed as rapidly as possible. Mask inductions should be avoided, 3,4 and smaller endotracheal tubes should be used.
Because brachycephalic breeds tend toward obesity, controlled or mechanical ventilation is often necessary. Most problems associated with mechanical ventilation occur during induction and recovery, so monitoring is particularly important.

Not only brachycephalic breeds present a challenge for anesthesia but toy breeds do as well. So the Shih Tzu presents a doubly challenge. Obtaining an accurate weight and using the appropriate dose of anesthetic drug are essential. Monitoring during surgery likewise is important. In small patients, Doppler blood pressure measurement has been more accurate than oscillometric monitoring; in addition, it provides an auditory sound to monitor heart rate and rhythm.
Toy breeds have a greater body surface area– to–body mass ratio and higher metabolic rate, which can lead to lower body temperatures and hypoglycemia. 

My vet uses  Isoflurane and Propofol (considered a bit more expensive)

One is an inhalant and the other interventions. Both are short acting.  She is top in her field with surgeries, she constantly goes to school to improve and learn about any new technique. I have read and heard if they use two drugs they can use less of each minimizing side effects which can be hard on the heart and major organs.

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