ANESTHESIA + MONITORING
At Town & Country Veterinary Hospital, we strive to have the safest anesthesia for your pets. During general anesthesia, our patients are monitored closely by a certified veterinary technician at all times. During most surgeries, your pet is monitored for heart rate, respiratory rate, capillary refill time, ECG, pulse oximitry, body temperature, and blood pressure. A change in blood pressure is an early indicator that a pet may be running into trouble. Monitoring blood pressure allows us to intervene earlier and prevent any anesthetic risk to your pet. We chart your pet’s statistics every 10 minutes from the moment he or she is anesthetized to the time when he or she wakes up. 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.
A general anesthetic results in a loss of consciousness in the animal and a loss of sensation throughout the body. Most general anesthetic procedures involve several steps beginning with the administration of a sedative. An intravenous injection of an anesthetic renders the animal unconscious while a breathing tube is placed into the animal’s trachea. A gas anesthetic is delivered in combination with oxygen to the animal via the breathing tube to maintain the state of unconsciousness.
There are many ways to reduce the risk associated with anesthesia including a thorough physical examination and blood work prior to anesthesia.