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30th August 2012, 12:16 PM
Harley has a cracked tooth and itís coming out on Tuesday. I am not trying to think about it yet but I will be worried of course.
My Question is because of his anaesthetic he canít eat anything. I donít know what to do about his medication. He should have his Lyrica about 6am in the morning. The vet just said donít give it. But as the op is not going to be until later on. I feel he should have his Lyrica. He is on it for a reason so missing his morning tablet I donít know?
30th August 2012, 01:20 PM
Harley has a cracked tooth and it’s coming out on Tuesday. I am not trying to think about it yet but I will be worried of course.
My Question is because of his anaesthetic he can’t eat anything. I don’t know what to do about his medication. He should have his Lyrica about 6am in the morning. The vet just said don’t give it. But as the op is not going to be until later on. I feel he should have his Lyrica. He is on it for a reason so missing his morning tablet I don’t know?
I have had many chronically ill dogs on daily meds go under anesthesia for surgery. I have always (on the advice of GP vet and specialists) given their meds at the regular times even when they were fasting before anesthesia. Also, the current protocol does not restrict water before surgery - the idea is that dehydration before anesthesia is more risky that the risk of vomiting and inhalation. The old protocol was no food OR water starting about 12 hours before surgery.
I was the "guardian" who took care of Holly's Scarlett when she was spayed, and all of her SM meds were given at the regular times before the surgery. Holly asked me to do this because my vet allows me to be in the surgery suite. The most important thing we did was carefully place her on her back in a large foam wedge so that she was very stable and didn't twist her neck or spine while she was under anesthesia. The other thing we did was allow her to wake up from the anesthesia in my arms so that she wouldn't flail around as dogs often do when waking up from anesthesia. She did just great and was back to normal very quickly.
31st August 2012, 10:39 AM
Thanks Pat. I emailed Clare Rusbridge and she said,
Personally I wouldn’t skip the dose at all because CM etc makes them more sensitive to pain and the Lyrica would reduce that sensitivity. If he were sedated then the dose of anaesthetic would be reduced. However if very concerned about the possible interaction (there have been no scientific studies) then vet should be sure to give additional other pain relief and only miss the morning dose
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