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Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring

Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring


During surgery and other anesthetic procedures, our team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians monitor all patients to ensure their safety. The type of anesthesia we use depends on the procedure. Some require general anesthesia, while others may only call for local anesthesia. For more specific information on our protocols, please see the individual descriptions or contact us with any questions.


If travel, thunder, or fireworks upset your pet, he or she may benefit from tranquilization or sedation.

  • While sedated, the animal will stay awake or sleep lightly but can be roused when stimulated.
  • To minimize any potential risk associated with tranquilization or sedation, we need to assess each animal individually before we dispense these medications.
  • We offer a range of solutions for issues ranging from mild to severe.
  • We offer both short term sedatives and medications suited to long term anxiety control.
  • Please contact us if you would like to set up an assessment or discuss sedation with us.

Patient Monitoring

We monitor our patients to keep them as safe as possible during procedures that require general anesthesia. A veterinary technician will continually assess your pet’s heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs to help prevent any anesthetic risk.

Please feel free to ask us about our patient monitoring protocol or any concerns you might have about your pet’s procedure.

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.

  • Modern anesthesia is generally quite safe.
  • A physical examination and blood work is run 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).
  • We deliver a gas anesthetic in combination with oxygen through the breathing tube to maintain the state of unconsciousnes

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.

Local Anesthesia

If your pet is having a minor surgical or diagnostic procedure performed, we sometimes use a local anesthetic to help control pain.

  • Local anesthetics cause a loss of sensation in the area where the procedure is being performed.
  • We sometimes use a sedative and/or anxiolytic (anti-anxiety medication) in combination with the local anesthetic to keep pets calm during a procedure.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet receiving local anesthesia or about the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.