General anesthesia is required for most surgical and dental procedures. For all animals undergoing general anesthesia, a complete physical examination is performed, appropriate blood work is drawn and the treatment plan is discussed with the owner.
We begin most general anesthetic procedures by placing an intravenous catheter, administering a sedative to relax the patient and then administering an intravenous medication to provide complete anesthesia to place an endotracheal tube. Gas anesthesia is then initiated to prolong the anesthesia for the duration of the procedure.
Our patients are monitored closely under anesthesia accessing their heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure,EKG, and body temperature.