Anesthesia / Sedation
We always tailor the protocol to your pet’s specific needs based on their health and the procedure for which he/she is being sedated. We have a highly competent technician assisting our doctors at all times so that your pet is always being carefully monitored during their procedure.
Local Anesthesia: A local anesthetic causes a loss of sensation to a 'local' area. Small surgical or diagnostic procedures may require a local anesthetic to perform. A biopsy is a common diagnostic procedure where local anesthetic can be used to control pain. A biopsy involves surgical removal of a small portion of tissue.
Tranquilization/Sedation: Tranquilization or sedation is used to calm an animal under various conditions. The animal remains awake or may 'sleep' but is easily aroused when stimulated. Pet owners frequently request sedation for their animals during travel, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. Sedation and tranquilization are not without risk and each animal should be assessed prior to dispensing these medicines.
General Anesthesia: Many procedures require general anesthesia. While under general anesthesia, your pet will have a loss of consciousness as well as a loss of sensation. The level of anesthesia is carefully monitored to provide relief from painful and stressful stimuli as needed to safely complete the indicated procedure.
There are many ways to reduce the risk associated with anesthesia including a thorough physical examination and blood work prior to anesthesia. We use anesthetic monitoring equipment like the EKG, blood pressure monitors, esophageal stethoscope, and pulse oximetry to contribute to a safer anesthesia.