Anesthesia & Pain Management

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Anesthesia Procedures


Great care is taken before, during and after your pet’s procedure to ensure a successful outcome.

Prior to anesthesia, the team will review your pet’s medical records and perform a pre-anesthetic physical examination. After this evaluation, there may be additional diagnostic tests they believe will help minimize anesthetic risks. If this is the case, you will be contacted to discuss these tests along with the associated costs in order to get your consent.

An anesthetic protocol is designed specific to your pet’s needs taking into account the pre-anesthesia evaluation, age, breed, size of your pet and pre-existing medical conditions as well as the procedure (surgery) that will be performed. This protocol includes drugs to be used, pain management (epidural, nerve blocks, or injectable medications), precautions, and monitoring. While your pet is waiting for surgery, intravenous fluids and pain medications (if needed) are administered.

Veterinary Specialty Center - AnesthesiaAfter anesthetic induction (placing your pet under general anesthesia), your pet is placed on intravenous fluids, monitoring and support equipment to evaluate and control heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, blood pressure, body temperature, blood oxygenation, and carbon dioxide levels. There is a dedicated technician that stays with your pet through recovery.

Sometimes more advanced methods of monitoring and supportive care are required to keep your pet safe. These may include, but are not limited to, ventilator support for breathing, a constant rate infusion of medications to maintain blood pressure and heart rate and specific catheters to monitor arterial blood pressure.

Analgesic procedures (epidural, nerve blocks) are performed if indicated and your pet is brought into the operating room where the
monitoring and support continues until
the procedure is completed.

Patients recover from anesthesia in our recovery ward (or ICU if necessary) where they are monitored and treated for pain as necessary.

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