Anesthetic Procedures & Risks
We use a combination of pre-anesthetic medications/injectables and/or inhalant anesthetics to achieve optimum levels of anesthesia that are safe for your pet.
For most procedures, your pet is anesthetized and then intubated (insertion of a tube into the trachea or windpipe). This ensures your pet receives oxygen at all times, and it prevents aspiration of any fluids into the lungs. Intubation allows us to maintain anesthesia with sevoflurane, a gas anesthetic, which is very safe and the body will not metabolize. This allows us more control over anesthetic depth and causes less airway irritation.
For procedures that require minimum sedation, an injectable anesthetic is given that produces a good plan of sedation with quick recovery and reversible with medication.
A risk of death is possible during or after a surgical, or anesthetic procedure.
Monitoring and Pain Management
Monitoring of patients during anesthesia is done in two ways. First, a veterinary technician/assistant is with your pet from the beginning of anesthesia to recovery. Second, we have computerized monitoring equipment that records heart rate, blood pressures, oxygen levels, respiration, ECG, and body temperature. Surgery patients will receive pain management before, during, and after surgery. Pain medications may also be prescribed to go home with the patient. Additional information will be given at discharge. We hope this will reduce any discomfort experienced by our patients and aid in a quicker recovery.