General Anesthesia

  • For some procedures, your pet will need to be administered general anesthesia so that he or she will be unconscious and not feel pain
  • Many pet owners worry about their pets being administered general anesthesia
  • We can assure you that modern anesthesia is generally quite safe
  • We perform a physical examination and run blood work ahead of time to catch any underlying health issues
  • We follow a specific anesthetic protocol, including monitoring vital signs during the procedure, to ensure the safety of our patients
  • We begin most general anesthetic procedures by administering a sedative to help the pet relax and decrease any anxiety and pain
  • We then administer an intravenous drug to provide complete anesthesia and place a breathing tube into the patient’s trachea (windpipe)
  • To maintain the state of unconsciousness, we deliver a gas anesthetic in combination with oxygen through the breathing tube
  • Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet receiving general anesthesia or about the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.