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.