An Update on Anesthesia
Cats who are "put under" are safer than they used to be, but new complications are changing the game. Here's how our nation's opioid crisis is impacting pets, too.
The risk of death for cats under anesthesia used to be one to two deaths in 100 patients, says Lois Wetmore, DVM, an assistant professor of anesthesia and pain management at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “Now we’re down to about one death in 1,000,” Dr. Wetmore says. “We’re headed in the right direction.”