Primary Care


Our hospital offers a variety of anesthesia services for your pet. The term anesthesia indicates the use of medication to block sensation, typically resulting in unconsciousness. Anesthesia is induced using a variety of medications, both injectable and inhaled. It is used for procedures that require an unconscious animal, such as surgery, certain imaging studies (e.g., x-rays), dentistry or medical procedures.

Pets undergoing anesthesia are first given a medication to prevent nausea. An IV catheter is then placed so that we can deliver anesthetic drugs, fluids and other medications throughout your pet’s procedure. Before your pet is anesthetized, we administer a pre-medicated injectable drug. This pre-medication helps the pet relax so that full anesthesia can be induced more smoothly and safely. Next, the pet receives intravenous medication to cause loss of consciousness. An endotracheal tube is then placed into the pet's upper airway, and gas anesthesia keeps the pet comfortably anesthetized during the course of the procedure.

While a patient is under anesthesia, he or she will be monitored in much the same way as a human undergoing anesthesia would be. This monitoring includes listening to your pet's heart and lungs, visually assessing your pet's reflexes, and using equipment to monitor your pet's blood pressure, level of blood oxygen, and temperature. Your pet will also be monitored using an ECG machine.

Each of our surgical patients has a dedicated, trained veterinary technician who remains with your pet after their procedure is over. During this time, vital signs, pain levels and body temperature are monitored until the patient is fully recovered, extubated and sitting up and alert.