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“There are no safe anesthetic agents; there are no safe anesthetic procedures; there are only safe anesthetists.” – Robert M. Smith, MD
This quote is from a human pediatric anesthesiologist who’s contributions to improving the world of anesthesia and analgesia are profound. All of the anesthetic drugs used in veterinary medicine have the potential to be dangerous if not used properly. Perhaps just as important as the doctor performing the surgery is the technician monitoring the anesthesia. They control the level of anesthesia and ensure the patient’s safety throughout the procedure. We are one of only three hospitals in the state to have a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia/Analgesia watching over your pet.
Our anesthesia monitoring includes:
Electrocardiogram/ECG (heart rhythm)
Pulse-oximeters (oxygen saturation)
End tidal carbon dioxide (measures how well your pet is breathing)
Doppler blood pressure monitoring (accurate blood pressures for both dogs and cats)
Temperature monitoring and gentle heating elements to help keep them warm.
We place IV catheters for all of our surgery patients undergoing general anesthesia. This allows administration of pain relief medications, anesthetics, and fluids to help maintain blood pressure. We dedicate one of our technicians to monitoring your pet throughout the duration of their anesthesia.
We welcome any questions regarding the treatment plan for your pet while in our care!