Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
Hello -- I wonder why your dogs' anaesthetic went this way? Was it something that wouldnt happen again? Was there a problem with some specific drug? Or is there some underlying problem eg with the heart? For me, it is vital that your vet understands it - and indeed is open about it - before making more decisions about what to do next. It may be possible that the same drugs are avoided next time. I personally have never heard of anyone intubating a dog under sedation - you would need the jaw and larynx to be completely relaxed for this, with the patient not swallowing, which to my understanding is acheived by general anaesthetic. Dogs under sedation can move, swallow, react to pain, cough etc which doesnt sound ideal if an airway is to be protected. Without a tube and iv line (traditional sedation), it can also be considerably harder to control the depth of sedation, which is not necessarily safer. Therefore you might, as you suggest, consider seeking a second opinion (we are in no position to provide these).