Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring

During surgery and other medical procedures, our team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians monitors all patients to ensure their safety. We monitor every procedure, regardless of whether it’s routine or more advanced. The type of anesthesia we use depends on the procedure. Some require general anesthesia, while others may only call for local anesthesia. For more specific information on our protocols, please see the individual descriptions or contact us with any questions.

Tranquilization / Sedation

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Sometimes it is necessary to calm a nervous animal whether to examine him or to perform a minor procedure. This usually involves giving an injection or an oral medication a short time before the effect is desired. Many animals are simply nervous of the different surroundings in the clinic or do not like certain things being done to them (like having their nails trimmed). When they are relaxed they seem to tolerate procedures better.
Tranquilization is also sometimes given at home just before a stressful incident like a thunderstorm or prior to travel to reduce anxiety.

Patient Monitoring

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During general anesthesia, our patients are monitored closely by a registered animal health technician for heart rate, body temperature, respiratory rate, and capillary refill time. We chart your pet’s statistics every 5 minutes from the moment he or she is anesthetized to the time when he or she wakes up. To assist the technician in monitoring your pet we use a heart monitor to detect any abnormal heart function, a pulse oximeter to measure the oxygen content in the blood system of your pet, and a blood pressure monitor to check the blood pressure. This continual monitoring allows us to intervene quickly in the event of anesthetic related problem to ensure the safety of your pet.

General Anesthesia

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General anesthesia is a major part of our duties, especially in relation to surgeries. General anesthesia allows us to perform surgery or other procedures while having the pet feel no discomfort. General anesthesia involves administering certain drugs to calmly induce this “sleep” state and maintain the state via the anesthetic machine. The depth and duration of the anesthetic can be carefully controlled by this machine. When the surgery is over, your pet will gradually awaken over the course of the day. After most general anesthetics we will keep the pet in the clinic over night to allow it to fully awaken and be ready to go home alert.

Local Anesthesia

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Local anesthesia involves injecting a medication into an area (usually the skin) to desensitize or “freeze” it. This is what your dentist does to numb your tooth. Local anesthesia is used to facilitate removal of small skin growths or to suture skin lacerations without the animal feeling any discomfort.