Because animals are often unable to remain cooperative during treatment, anesthesia is used more frequently with pets than it is with humans. A wide variety of medical procedures require anesthesia in pets. Whether it is for routine treatment or a surgical emergency, anesthesia may be necessary to keep your pet immobile, unaware of the procedure, and spared from any pain.
Medical procedures that require the use of anesthesia include any type of surgery, dental work, and certain diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Diagnostic procedures that require anesthesia include ultrasound, bone marrow sampling, or endoscopy. Therapeutic procedures designed to relieve your pet’s pain may also necessitate anesthesia; for example, inserting a urinary catheter to relieve a urinary blockage or removing fluid from the eye for glaucoma relief. If an animal is aggressive, anesthesia may be necessary for something as straightforward as drawing blood.
Any medical treatment, including anesthesia, comes with risks, but rest assured that our veterinary team takes every precaution in order to prevent any complications. Before anesthesia, we perform a thorough physical exam, discuss your pet’s medical history, and perform blood work to look for any risk factors for an adverse reaction to anesthesia or another medical problem. We administer a pre-anesthetic sedative to calm your pet and prevent any stress. During the procedure, we monitor your pet’s condition, including circulation, blood pressure, oxygen level, heart rate, and temperature.
Afterward, your pet will recover in a quiet, slightly dark cage or kennel. Hot pads or blankets may be used to keep your pet warm. You may notice your pet shivering, but this is a normal side effect of the anesthesia and does not mean your pet is cold. If necessary, we will administer fluids or other medications to ease the recovery process. Depending on the type of procedure performed, your pet may go home with you the same day or may need to stay overnight.
While veterinary anesthesia may seem a little scary, complications are rare. We will do everything we can to keep your pet safe. We are more than happy to talk to you about specific concerns you may have concerning your pet. Call Mobley Veterinary Clinic to speak with one of our veterinarians today. (615) 262-0415