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Anesthesia

We offer a wide variety of anesthetic protocols tailored specifically to your pet’s needs. We use a state-of-the-art anesthetic machine with isoflurane anesthesia. We also have many choices of injectable anesthetics based on your pet’s individual needs. We utilize a variety of anesthetic monitoring devices including EKG, Doppler blood pressure monitors, and pulse oximetry. Pain management is also a key part of our anesthetic protocol. All surgical patients receive an individualized pain management plan.

There may be a time when your pet will require a procedure or surgery for his continued health. At the time of surgery your pet will require anesthesia which will be carefully administered and monitored by our veterinary staff. Knowing the basics about how anesthesia will be is used in surgery and the recovery basics will help to ease your mind while your pet is under our care.

Anesthesia may be deemed necessary when a procedure needs to be performed where the patient will be immobilized or if the procedure would otherwise cause pain or distress that is beyond what the pet can comfortably tolerate. We want you to feel absolutely comfortable with our hospital, staff and recommendations and anytime a sedative is being recommended we want to reassure you that our veterinary staff is here to answer any questions and provide any assistance that will make the procedure easier for you and your pet.

Because dogs and cats have specific needs, it is important to make sure that veterinary anesthesia protocols are followed properly to prepare your pet for surgery. We make it our priority to ensure that your pet is in optimal health before any surgery is performed. Therefore, our veterinarian will always recommend some diagnostic testing before the procedure to ensure that we have a complete picture of your pet’s physical health.

Why Would Your Pet Need Anesthesia
Anesthesia is used during any type of procedure where the pet needs to be immobilized or during any type of surgery where the pet would otherwise feel pain. Sedatives allow us keep your pet perfectly still and pain free during the surgery. During anesthesia, your pet will be in an unconscious state and will not feel any discomfort.

Risks Associated With Giving Anesthesia
There are always risks that come with any surgery, but the risks are very low thanks to the experienced veterinary team here at Eastside Animal Medical Center. However with proper care and supervision there are few risks of complications due to the use of a sedative. Our veterinary staff ensures that risks are minimized by performing careful and consistent monitoring throughout the entire time patients are under anesthesia.

What To Expect The Day Your Pet Receives Veterinary Anesthesia
You will receive a specific set of instructions from your veterinarian before your pet receives anesthesia or undergoes any surgical procedure. We will discuss with you any risks of veterinary anesthesia. Here are some things to keep in mind as you arrive with your pet for the surgery:

Fasting is recommended the night before any sedatives are administered
Follow any specific directions given to you by your veterinarian
Depending on the type of procedure and your pet’s condition, our veterinarian may recommend additional prescription pain medications while your pet recovers
Ask any questions you may have and our veterinary staff will provide answers and help to ease your mind before or after the surgery is performed
Monitoring Anesthetized Pets
The veterinary surgical team will monitor your pet very carefully during and after the surgery is performed and throughout the time that they are under the influence of a sedative. After your pet comes out of surgery, our veterinary staff will:

Monitor your pet’s heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and carbon dioxide output levels
Keep an IV catheter in place to provide fluid support should there be any fluctuations in blood pressure
Make sure your pet is breathing well and resting comfortably
*The risks of anesthesia are very low with proper monitoring.

What To Expect As Patients Come Out Of Anesthesia
The veterinary team at Eastside Animal Medical Center will continue to monitor your pet’s vital signs, heart rate and blood pressure as it comes out of surgery, awakens from any sedatives used and until your pet is ready to return home. Your pet may feel sedated for a period of time after it goes home. Our staff will talk to you about your pet’s pain management plan. Your pet may need pain medication for several days and you will receive specific instructions before your pet is released. If you should have any questions or concerns, please call Eastside Animal Medical Center right away. Some pets may not regain their appetite until they next day. Always follow all instructions given to you by your veterinary team to ensure your pet’s full recovery.

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