Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring

Tranquilization/Sedation

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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 roused when stimulated. To minimize any potential risk associated with tranquilization or sedation, we need to assess each animal individually before we dispense these medications.

We can also discuss over-the-counter options for “taking the edge off” stressful situations.  All natural, and non-narcotic, these are good options for many pets.

Please contact us if you would like to set up an assessment or discuss sedation with us.

Pain Management and Control

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We know the issue of pain management is of great concern to pet owners today. As in human medicine, we have a variety of medications available to manage your pet’s pain both before and after surgery and in the event of trauma or chronic conditions. We would be pleased to discuss the options available to you and your pet under any of the above circumstances.

Patient Monitoring

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We monitor our patients closely to keep them as safe as possible during procedures that require general anesthesia.  Your pet’s heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs will be continually monitored to help prevent any anesthetic risk.

Prior to any anesthetic procedure,we recommend a Pre-Anesthetic blood test to alert us to any potential risks to your pet.  Please feel free to ask us about our patient monitoring protocol or any concerns you might have about your pet’s procedure. We’d be happy to discuss these matters in more detail.

General Anesthesia

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For some procedures, your pet will need to be administered general anesthesia so that he or she will be unconscious and not feel pain. We can assure you that modern anesthesia is generally quite safe; to further lower any risk, we perform a physical examination and advise blood work ahead of time to catch any underlying health issues. In addition, we follow a specific anesthetic protocol, including monitoring vital signs during and after 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. We then administer an intravenous drug to provide complete anesthesia and place a breathing tube into the patient’s trachea (windpipe). To maintain the state of unconsciousness, we deliver a gas anesthetic in combination with oxygen through the breathing tube.

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.

Local Anesthesia

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If your pet is having a minor surgical or diagnostic procedure performed, we often use a local anesthetic to help control pain. For example, when we perform a biopsy (in which a small portion of tissue is surgically removed so it can be examined), we use a local anesthetic. Local anesthetics cause a loss of sensation in the area where the procedure is being performed. We sometimes use a sedative and/or anxiolytic (anti-anxiety medication) in combination with the local anesthetic to keep pets calm during a procedure.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet receiving local anesthesia or about the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.