My 15yr old Lhasa Apso died while having his teeth cleaned. They managed to get his heart going again but after the surgery he wasnt waking up from the anesthesia. I went to the clinic and spent about an hour trying to get him to wake up more. He seemed like he was in a coma. He started barking and moaning so I decided to take him home thinking he would recover slowly. Within about 2 hours he was just lying there barking. He couldnt hold his head up or sit up. He just barked and barked. Im guessing he had brain damage from the surgery. I gave him a dose of metcam thinking he had some pain from all the extractions and he slowly took a few breaths and passed away.....my question I guess is if I hadnt given him the metcam would he have eventually gotten better? It seemed like the metacam made him relax and he quit barking and just gave up. The vet said also he most likly had some brain damage from the episode also.
I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the metacam did anything to hasten death, he was obviously struggling mightily. Unfortunately, anesthesia can be rough on older dogs as well as dogs with flatter faces. Did the vet do any blood work/heart health checks prior to surgery? My vet makes this a standard procedure for all senior dogs. Doesn't head off everything but at least catches obvious problems.
Again, I am so sorry this happened to you and your pup.
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