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In spite of what many may think, anesthesia can be safely administered in older pets provided proper steps are taken by the veterinary team. For Herman, a 16-½-year-old dachshund, Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical center demonstrated that it is indeed possible and owner Susan Buttrick can’t be happier. Cheryl Blaze, MBA, PhD, BVSc, DACVAA, assistant professor of anesthesia at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, speaks to the value and importance of a thorough medical history and clinical assessments, and Susan discusses how her fears were calmed soon after her first encounter with Tufts.

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