Journal article

The Effect of Heart Disease on Anesthetic Complications During Routine Dental Procedures in Dogs

Jennifer E Carter, Alison A Motsinger-Reif, William V Krug, Bruce W Keene

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ANIMAL HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION | AMER ANIMAL HOSPITAL ASSOC | Published : 2017

Abstract

Dental procedures are a common reason for general anesthesia, and there is widespread concern among veterinarians that heart disease increases the occurrence of anesthetic complications. Anxiety about anesthetizing dogs with heart disease is a common cause of referral to specialty centers. To begin to address the potential effect of heart disease on anesthetic complications in dogs undergoing anesthesia for routine dental procedures, we compared anesthetic complications in 100 dogs with heart disease severe enough to trigger referral to a specialty center (cases) to those found in 100 dogs without cardiac disease (controls) that underwent similar procedures at the same teaching hospital. Med..

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