At some point in their life, most pets will need to be put under anesthesia.  Most commonly, it is to be either spayed or neutered, or later in life, to have a dental procedure performed or a growth removed.  Sometimes, in more critical situations, such as an accident or life-threatening condition, there is also a need for anesthesia.  Because the risks and circumstances surrounding each anesthetic procedure are different, our veterinarians use a variety of anesthetic agents to help ensure the health and safety of your pet.  Many of the anesthetic agents used in our hospital are called "reversible" agents because if the need arises, a second medication can be administered to more rapidly stop, or reverse, the effects of the anesthetic agent used.  Our hospital also uses a gas anesthetic which can not only maintain a pet under anesthesia for longer periods of time than the reversible agents alone, it can also be used as the sole anesthetic agent when certain conditions are present.

In older or sick pets, we will often require preanesthetic blood work to be performed to determine the status of the pet's internal organ function.  This will not only help the veterinarian determine which anesthetic agent to use, but can also help in the determination of the necessity of the anesthetic procedure itself.  In some cases, intravenous fluids and other medications will be used to help stabilize the pet's condition to minimize the risk while under anesthesia.  All anesthetized pets are closely monitored during the entire procedure.  Our trained staff, as well as the veterinarians, are always aware of the pet's heart rate, respiration, temperature and depth of anesthesia, making adjustments or medicating as needed.

While there is always a slight risk for any anesthtic procedure, you can be confident in the fact that our hospital and it's staff does everything possible to minimize those risks for every pet that undergoes anesthesia.

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