There are different types of anesthesia that your pet could receive, including a local anesthetic, or a general anesthetic. If your pet is being given animal anesthesia, it may be because of an injury that needs to be treated, or your pet could be given an anesthetic for other reasons, such as treatment for a teeth cleaning, or even for x-rays to encourage your pet to lay still. If your pet is being given an anesthetic, you may be wondering what to expect afterward. Continue reading to know what to expect after your pet has been given pet anesthesia

Your Pet May Sleep A Lot

Your pet may sleep a lot after receiving anesthesia, whether that is general or local. Your pet may be worn out from whatever procedure it was having done as well. If your pet is tired after the anesthetic, allow them to sleep and get the rest they need. If your pet is acting differently, is not eating or drinking after a few hours after the procedure, or is throwing up, you may want to contact the veterinarian and discuss your pet's health.

Your Pet May Not Eat

Your pet may not feel much like eating after getting anesthesia. Your pet may drink a lot, but may not be very hungry. You should keep an eye on your pet and only give it a little bit of food at a time to prevent it from throwing up. The same goes with water, you may only want to give your pet a little bit of water at a time. 

Your Pet May Be Lethargic For A Few Days  

Your pet may not be as energetic as usual. Avoid trying to play with your pet too much or over-exerting your pet. Allow your pet to sleep when needed and rest as much as possible. Limit time outside and don't bring other pets around yours until it is fully healed and back to its normal state. Your pet may lash out at another pet if it isn't feeling its best or is irritated.

If your pet is going to be getting an anesthetic for any reason, you may want to know what to expect after the procedure is complete and the anesthetic wears off. Talk to the veterinarian about what else you can expect with anesthesia, either local or general. Contact your veterinarian if you suspect your pet is not acting like itself or isn't feeling well.