Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
As above, I would recommend an overall physical and pre-anesthetic blood screening prior to the procedure to minimize the risks.
My Muffs needs to be sedated about once a year or so just for grooming. Muffs is a VERY nervous/timid cat and she HATES to be handled. She lets me brush her body (after years of patience, treats and tricks), but she still refuses to let me brush her tummy. As a result, every so often she gets mats on her underside that need to be dealt with. Believe it or not, she needs to be sedated for that purpose. Little monkey!
I initially worried about the procedure...but to put things in perspective, as my vet once said to me, the risks of anything happening to my cats under anesthesia are less than the risk of my being in a fatal car accident. I'm presuming you don't worry about getting in your car on a daily basis (most of us don't), so try not to worry about Cami.
If it helps, you can also discuss the types of anesthesia that will be used, the precautions taken, etc., with your vet. Most (decent) vets are very understanding of the worry that accompanies anesthesia and will (should) take the time to ease your mind.
Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.