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Old 04-01-2018, 09:24 PM
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"Swimming" after anesthesia

Is it normal for a dog to move its front legs in a swimming motion after being anesthetized (while coming out)?
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Your vet would be the best person to ask.
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Dogs display all sorts of crazy behavior when they're coming out of anesthesia. What anesthetic was used and how far out of anesthesia are we talking?
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Your vet would be the best person to ask.
I did, I was simply asking if anyone else has had this experience.
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Dogs display all sorts of crazy behavior when they're coming out of anesthesia. What anesthetic was used and how far out of anesthesia are we talking?
I'm unsure of the anesthetic used. It's possible they used something different. He has been under a few times before for procedures and has never had this reaction. They always have me go back and hold him immediately after, during the wake up process, so it took place immediately after they started trying to wake him up, and lasted for about 30 minutes.
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If the odd behavior was within the first 2 hours of stopping anesthesia then I wouldn't worry too much about it. As I said before anesthesia causes all sorts of crazy behavior during recovery, everything from euphoria to hallucinations to extreme aggression. I would be more worried about the fact that they let you hold your pet while it was recovering from anesthesia. If you're not trained and experienced in the "how to" and "what to do" during anesthetic recovery then IMHO its is downright dangerous, both for you and your dog, to have you be there during the recovery. Not to mention the liability if something went wrong or someone were to get injured, and also the fact that you're inhaling anesthetic gases as your holding your pet while it recovers.

We don't even let our receptionist be involved in their own dogs anesthesia process, the last time one of the tech let a receptionist be involved they ended up extubating their dog too early and didn't notice it turning blue. Thankfully I was able to catch it in time and reintubate. Personally I don't even monitor my own dog during surgery, and I do it every day. I always get another tech to monitor my dogs since I don't feel that I'll be object enough to separate myself from the emotional connection with my pet and what to do in the event of an emergency situation.
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