Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring

Each pet is examined and assessed prior to anesthetic administration. The anesthetic agents and protocol are adjusted individually to ensure the safety of each patient. Agents used range from local anesthesia for minor procedures to sedation, or full inhalation anesthesia for more major procedures. Each patient under anesthesia is closely monitored until fully conscious after the procedure. Monitoring consists of instrument and visual assessment and includes assessment of respiration, heartrate and cardiac output, temperature, oxygen saturation and blood pressure. Every effort is made to maintain each patient's temperature and blood pressure to ensure patient comfort and safety. Hypothermia during anesthesia is a risk and can cause complications during and after surgery. Water circulated heating pads assist in maintaining normal temperature during the procedure. Patients are then transferred to a heated bed in the recovery area where they continue to be closely monitored.

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    If travel, thunder, or fireworks upset your pet, he or she may benefit from tranquilization or sedation. While sedated, the animal will stay awake or sleep lightly but can be…

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    Patient Monitoring

    We monitor our patients to keep them as safe as possible during procedures that require general anesthesia. A veterinary technician will continually assess your pet’s heart and respiratory rate, blood…

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    General Anesthesia

    For some procedures, your pet will need to be administered general anesthesia so that he or she will be unconscious and not feel pain. Many pet owners worry about their…

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    Local Anesthesia

    If your pet is having a minor surgical or diagnostic procedure performed, we sometimes use a local anesthetic to help control pain. For example, when we perform a biopsy (in…