Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery Specialists LLC

Dale Kressin DVM, FAVD, Dipl AVDC 
Steve Honzelka DVM, Resident
Joey Buhta DVM, Intern

Serving Oshkosh-Green Bay-Milwaukee-Minneapolis & Metropolitan areas
920-233-8409  888-598-6684


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American Veterinary Dental College

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American Veterinary Dental Society

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association

 since 1983
Dr. Kressin previously on WVMA Executive Board

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Milwaukee Veterinary Medical Association

Northeast Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association

Is my pet too old for anesthesia?

Dr. Kressin has placed his own very old cats under anesthesia.

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Boots was safely anesthatized at 21       Oreo (black and white-right side)
years.                                                 had a tongue tumor removed at 20 years.

Dr. Kressin frequently meets pet owners very worried about anesthesia for their pets since they have been previously told by another veterinarian that their pet was "too old for anesthesia".  Let's consider the facts with regard to age and anesthesia risks.

1.  Age is not a disease and does not directly reflect health status.

       We all know of healthy older people (or pets) and young people with poor health.
       Dr. Kressin prefers to evaluate each pet individually to accurately assess health
     status.  Anesthesia is individualized for each patient based on their health. 

2.  Health problems are addressed with well planned anesthesia protocols. 
     If you "fail to plan you can expect to fail".     
     Dr. Kressin chooses anesthetic drugs based on the pet's health status to help
     avoid problems with anesthesia.  Fortunately patients with health problems can
     have safe anesthesia and receive excellent dental care!

3.  The risks of anesthesia are substantially reduced by the people providing care.
      Anesthetic related death in pets is estimated to be under 1%.  The likelihood of
      pain and suffering from untreated disease approaches 100%.
      Dr. Kressin prefers to treat dental disease to avoid unnecessary suffering.  It is
      well worth the risk!  Do we want our companions to live a long life with chronic

      The American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists has a position on the importance
      of anesthesia monitoring.  Dr. Kressin practices using the principles of these