We find that anesthesia is among the biggest concerns pet owners have when considering whether to have a recommended procedure performed. Anesthesia should never be taken lightly but need not be feared. It is a valuable tool that allows us to improve the lives of our patients. Modern anesthetics are very safe when administered by trained personnel. While we cannot 100% guarantee there will be no complications, it is very rare to have anything but a successful outcome. The purpose of this page is to familiarize you with the great care we take with your beloved pet during anesthesia to make it a safe and pleasant experience.
After a physical exam by the veterinarian and pre-anesthetic blood profiling, a sedative is administered to relax your pet. From this point on your pet is monitored constantly until completely recovered. After 10 minutes, he is calm and relaxed. All medications are administered by doctors or trained technicians under direct supervision of a doctor.
An IV catheter is place and fluids are administered throughout the procedure. This increases the safety and comfort of the anesthesia by maintaining blood pressure, kidney function and correcting dehydration. Anesthetic medication are also more rapidly excreted following the procedure.
Anesthesia is initiated by injecting a rapid acting medication. Your pet will smoothly become fully sedated within 30 seconds.
Once asleep, your pet's anesthesia is maintained with a gas mixed with oxygen. The depth of anesthesia can be rapidly changed to fit your pet's needs and is monitored closely by a trained technician under supervision of the veterinarian. We utilize a variety of sophisticated monitoring devices such as pulse oximetry, electrocardiography, Doppler blood pressure, capnography and temperature to help assess the condition of our patients.
Following the procedure, your pet is monitored closely by a technician until fully recovered. The recovery cage is heated for your pet's comfort and to speed recovery.
Generally, within 15 minutes of completing a procedure, your pet will be awake and resting comfortably. Pain control after a procedure is an important part of anesthesia. Following certain procedures, some animals are kept sedated for several hours afterward to provide comfort and freedom from pain. Prolonged painful conditions may require several days of pain medication. When your pet goes home, he will be awake but may be quieter than usual as part of the post-anesthesia pain control.
If you have any questions about anesthesia and your pet please call.