General Anesthesia

General anesthesia in pets has advanced significantly in the last thirty years. Gas or inhalation anaesthesia is the most common type of anaesthesia used to keep your pet asleep for surgical procedures. The anaesthetic agents currently used are safe for the vast majority of animals, including geriatrics. Varying agents and protocols are used depending on the animals health status and preanaesthetic blood results. We have our technician, Ellen Clark, monitor the anaesthetic for the veterinary surgeon so there are two people responsible for your pets safety throughout its procedure. Please ask us any questions you may have regarding your pets anesthetic. We are very aware of the concerns of owners regarding anaesthesia and do everything in our power to prevent a problem with anaesthetic or recovery. In some cases we may recommend delaying surgery in order to put the pet on a reducing diet, or tell you that the pet should have special tests such as clotting studies before a surgery. Also please note that we often recommend IV fluids for prolonged procedures or for older pets so that their blood pressure and the blood supply to their heart and kidneys are well supported throughout.