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 pets being administered general anesthesia. We can assure you that modern anesthesia is generally quite safe; to further lower any risk, we perform a physical examination and run blood work ahead of time to catch any underlying health issues. In addition, we follow a specific anesthetic protocol, including monitoring vital signs during the procedure, to ensure the safety of our patients.
We begin most general anesthetic procedures by administering a sedative to help the pet relax and decrease any anxiety and pain. We then administer an intravenous drug to provide complete anesthesia and place a breathing tube into the patient’s trachea (windpipe) to protect their airway. To maintain the state of unconsciousness, we deliver a gas anesthetic in combination with oxygen through the breathing tube.
The majority of our surgical patients are provided with an intravenous catheter. This allows us to administer anesthetics and fluids to help support blood pressure and protect the kidneys. In the case of an emergency when immediate intravenous access is necessary, having a catheter in place is often life-saving.
Every patient that is undergoing a surgical or dental procedure requiring extractions will be provided with pain relieving medications. That is our standard of care. We believe that pain management is a vital part to your pet’s recovery and well-being.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet receiving general anesthesia or about the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.