Zoom had a very difficult week. The evening I brought him to the ER, a team of 3 people worked on him for 7 hours to get a blood pressure and pulse. We were not able to get any information from the vet who did the dental so had to work blind. We did eventually get information as to what type of anesthesia, but nothing more than that. Initial bloodwork had been done and it was normal.
No vaccines were given. Only anesthesia They insist that Zoom was fine, came out of anesthesia, and only began having difficulty the moment I walked in to pick him up. This just isn't possible. As fluid-filled as his lungs were, they couldn't have been observing him closely without realizing he was in distress. There is no excuse.
Basically Zoom has aspiration pneumonia and/or pulmonary edema (it seems these two can be inter-related).
I could have done more diagnostics, but it would put Zoom at risk and I'm not willing to do that.
I appreciate your input, but basically your information informed me that anesthesia has risks and I knew that. I was looking for what kind of events could cause this. To my way of thinking there was either a failure in the equipment or in the technique of intubation/adminstering anesthesia. I have no hard proof however. I do feel the vet should take responsibility, but I cannot make them do the right thing.
Thank you. This gives me a little more to go on.
I have several vets (one for my exotic pets; one for dogs/cats). My exotic vet does give me copies of everything -- bloodwork, etc. And I will, from now on, ask for copies of exactly what was done with every visit to the vet.
Frankly, it is going to be difficult to EVER have another animal go under anesthesia again.
Zoom did not eat for the 12 hours prior to his procedure, so he should not have vomited. My guess is the endotracheal tube was removed too soon and he inhaled some of the water from the dental procedure. I did ask about culturing from a swab from his nasal-oxygen tube, but it was explained to me that this would be contaminated and wouldn't tell us much.
I did talk to the practice owner who insists everything was normal until I walked in to retrieve Zoom. I do plan on following up with review boards. If the result is that it makes the vet more careful, then that is something. Unfortunately, I cannot take back what Zoom had to suffer through.
The ER clinic was phenomenal. Clearly they played a huge part in Zoom's survival and recovery. A very dedicated and knowledgeable staff. Zoom also worked hard, and I spent hours with him each day, feeding him and talking to him. Keeping him warm. Talking to him.