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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog a Shih Tzu is scheduled to go under anesthesia this

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My dog a Shih Tzu is scheduled to go under anesthesia this afternoon at 1:00 for teeth cleaning. She has been NPO since 9:00 pm. This morning my toddler gave her a few Cheerios which she ate. Is it safe for her to have surgery?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes. Fasting is less important nowadays because the preansethetic and anesthetic agents we now use rarely induce emesis. I don't ever restrict water in these patients. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.