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Anesthesia Risk

What do the Veterinarians themselves say about the risk of anesthesia!

Title: Remove malpractice risk from anesthetic risk

By: Dr. Christopher Allen, DVM


"Clients who sue are shocked clients; they sue after they bring in a reasonably healthy looking pet but leave with their animal in a plastic bag. They sue when their high-risk pet dies under anesthesia and no one fully explained the concept of anesthetic risk."

"calls taken---a disproportionate number involve pet deaths that have occurred while an animal was sedated or under anesthesia."

"Anesthesia is, by its nature, an inherently risky undertaking. Think of it as you would about walking through a slippery parking lot. Before you leave the house, you put on your shoes or boots that have the best traction. In other words, every possible step should be taken to minimize risk. "

..."Let's extend our analogy: If it's icy and slippery, you don't go on an errand at all unless there is a good reason to do so. It really pays to think twice before undertaking something dangerous. Can the problem be handled other than with a procedure involving anesthesia?"

"Is putting this otherwise decently healthy dog under anesthetic something I really want to do?"

"And don't forget to charge the client an extended office visit for the time you took giving your professional risk evaluation."

Click here for the full article on their website:

Now, can you understand why we at PetzLife want you to make an informed decision when it comes to your "Precious Loved One!"

Note: An article on anesthesia risk in Dog Fancy magazine, Feb. 2004, page 50 which reiterated our findings about dogs and anesthesia. Author Denise Flaim quoted an anesthesia study of 2,500 dogs published in the Jan/Feb 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. It said "12 percent of the dogs had complications (including low blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms) and 0.43 died." (That would mean that 11 dogs died!! This verifys other reports that in some areas it is as high as 1 in 200 deaths!! Don't let the next one be your dog or cat!)

Very Helpful information written by a specialist in Anesthesia by:

Susan V. Hildebrand. DVM. DACVA

A Must Read if you are anticipating an anesthesia procedure for your pet!!!

Then Ask yourself, "Is There a better way?"

This is Jaeger

Jaeger passed away on Thursday,October 15, 1998.

Jaeger was 6 1/2 years old, and in good health. Unfortunately, she couldn't handle the anesthesia required to clean her teeth.

teeth cleaning (details)

I've left Jaeger's Home Page unchanged, because it brought joy to so many people. If you choose to visit her site, please enjoy her as if she were still alive. Jaeger lives on in our hearts and memories.

To see Jaeger in action visit:
Jaeger's Rottweiler Home Page

Anesthesia and scaling is not the only answer to cleaner pets teeth. Why would you subject your precious pet to this kind of treatment when there is an alternative. We have heard many horror stories about what has happened during what was supposed to be a simple procedure. If you want to see for yourself go to any search engine and put in "anesthesia deaths dogs." We went to Google and got 37,600 responses. Below you can read what happened to Jim Tucci, Celeste Yarnall and others.

We are not trying to give Veterinarians a bad rap. There are many who are very conscientious and caring. If your pet needs serious pet care ask around get referrals. If your vet will not let you see his back rooms and how your pet will be cared for go elsewhere. Your Pet's Life is in Your Hands!!

These Pictures are of routine teeth cleaning under anesthesia, note the tubes and lack of any monitoring devices. After the anesthesia is administered and the procedure is completed, they just hope your precious pet wakes up!! Read below an article that was published about "The Killing Fields." If your pet has had a bad experience with anesthesia, please e-mail it to us and we will post it on our site. It is time to be heard!

Anesthesia Information: A Must Read!!

"I am a holistic veterinarian and am always in search of natural products for my patients. PetzLife dental products have been a great addition. I feel like I have a new "tool" against tartar. In my 17 years in practice I have often seen older pets undergo anesthesia for dental cleanings or growth removals, and they were never the same afterwords. Some even developed seizures. Petzlife Oral Care has worked on my patients that have had severe tartar and gingivitis. Before discovering these products we had to perform dental cleanings under anesthesia or resort to keeping the animal on antibiotics (As a holistic vet I don't use antibiotics very often).

Now we can cure the problem while avoiding the anesthesia and the drugs!"
Keep up to good work Petzlife.

Susan Maier, D.V.M.

"I had canceled my appointment with the Vet for his teeth cleaning that was going to cost around $300.00. The cost of the teeth cleaning at the Vet was a strain, but what really bothered me was I had lost my previous dog, (which my wife and I considered as part of the family) to an over dose of Anesthesia at the Vets office for what we were told was a routine operation. I laid in bed for weeks, wondering if this would happen again to our new dog which again is considered part of the family. One night while all this was going through my head about his up coming cleaning appointment I thought of doing a wild search in the Internet for Pet's Teeth, when I did your web site came out first, of course that is when I decided to give your product a try. I am so happy I did."
Please use me as a reference anytime.

Jim Tucci
Clermont FL 34711

Dear Petzlife,

I began testing PetzLife Oral Care Gel in January 2006 in my 10 generation raw meat feeding cat breeding program (ala "Pottenger's Cats"). The teeth and gums of raw meat eating cats and dogs is extraordinary. However, as you recall, I suggested including pharmaceutical grade salmon oil to the gel, and my results, including palatability, were excellent. We, at Celestial Pets, are pleased to offer our clients this excellent product for their dogs and cats. We are always excited to see what new things you develop as well. PetzLife Oral Care Gel certainly gets our stamp of approval.

Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D.

Celestial Pets Natural Nutrition & Holistic Healthcare for Cats and Dogs

Celeste Yarnall, PH.D

From: Celeste Yarnall

I, too, have had some horrendous experiences with anesthesia. As a holistic consultant and author ("Natural Cat Care" and "Natural Dog Care"), I avoid it whenever possible. When I must, I ask for Isofluorane, as this anesthesia I feel is the safest. I also prefer no preop sedatives (such as Ket/Valium or Propofal [sic?]) because of my first nightmare. Thirty minutes after the vet pulled my cat's "trach tube" (the tube inserted in your pet's throat), my beautiful, love-of-my-life Siamese cat went into cardiac arrest and died. How heartbreaking it was to go home from a dental with an empty cat carrier. I sobbed for days, but she had clearly been over-anesthetized. They used a new drug pre-op (Propofal instead of Ket/Valium, which is more common), then gave her a pain patch, and pain meds. This is just too many drugs. How many times must our hearts be broken before they learn these bitter lessons? I know they are trying to provide pain control, and vets are doing their best to accomplish this. However, all to often, the result is fatal.

Last year, a client of mine purchased two beautiful, healthy, robust, male kittens. She took them both in for neutering but only went home with one. This little guy lost his brother because he had been given an overdose of the anesthesia.

The next loss was following a spay and teeth cleaning...two procedures I have learned the hard way should not be done together. Bacteria from teeth cleaning are "stirred up," but who wants to put them under twice?

Celeste Yarnall

From: Harris, Abigail A


Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2006 6:08 AM

Subject: Thank you!

Good Morning,

Thank you so much for your quick reply – I was very impressed with all of your answers to my questions, and I feel confident in trying this product. I just placed my order for the combo pack of salmon oil spray and gel that you recommended and will cancel with the vet this afternoon. Thank you for offering such great customer service and for easing my worries. I’m sure you will hear from me again.

Have a great day,


-----Original Message-----
From: BUD GROTH []
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2006 6:47 PM
To: Harris, Abigail A
Subject: Re:

Dear Abby!!!! Please read our information on Anesthesia Risk-- I would never advise anesthesia and scaling for routine oral care-- Please read what the Vets themselves are saying about how risky it actually is-- and the sad thing is that 12% of all the animals sedated have a negative reaction--this is reported in a study done on 2,500 dogs-and 1 in 212 died!!!!!!!!!! Your beautiful Frogarelli is another sad statistic-- I am hearing this same story repeated so many times-- Just this week-end I had a discussion with a golfing friend of mine that has a dog now that just stares at a wall after going through anesthesia for routine oral care-- and the Vet just shrugged his shoulders and said that can happen---but still charged him $310

For your family of 5 I would suggest the Salmon oil gel and spray combination --cats and dogs like the taste of the salmon oil-- and you can always just use the spray as a sprits on the dogs--both have the same active all natural ingredients--

And as far as the guarantee-- we will refund the entire purchase price--if you are not happy--With the 1,000's of happy users I am sure you will be pleased as well--then if you like you can re-order our large professional size gel which will last you much longer if you continue to use it on all 5.

To answer your question about how long will it last--our spray bottle contains over 450 sprays-- if you used 4 sprays / application that would be over 100 treatments and our gel is 4 oz and on small dogs -we suggest 1/3 teaspoon and that is another 90 applications---You will have enough product to see a great difference!

Abby I would like to be able to put your e-mail message up on our site-- just to help spread the word about how dangerous Anesthesia really is---I look forward to your order and your using PetzLife Oral Care on Holly and "Frog" and all the rest--Bye for now-- Bud Groth-- Owner PetzLife Products

-- and Original Message -----

From: Harris, Abigail A


Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2006 1:24 PM

Good Afternoon,

I made an appointment this afternoon for my 10 year old dog, Holly, to get blood work done so that she can have a “dental” in the near future. I made the blood work appointment separate because I was already apprehensive about having my older girl put under for any reason whatsoever… I decided to do some research on the internet and now my concerns are only heightened. My other dog, Frogarelli, had surgery months ago for a tumor in his shoulder and did not come out from under anesthesia the same dog. He began submissive peeing and would shake before I fed him or took him out when he never did that before. Since they are the same breed and Frog had a bad reaction to being put under I am worried to do the same to Holly. But, I do not want to hurt her by making the wrong decision. I am confused about what treatment would be best for her… Do I buy the spray and the gel? How long do the last? Is the guarantee a money back guarantee? I have 3 dogs and 2 cats all together – what would be the best package for all of them, but especially my ten year old? If I think that this can help, I will cancel the blood work and not consider the dental anymore. Please help me with this decision by providing some more information.

Thank You,


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