Anesthesia and sedation are two incredible tools we use to keep your pets comfortable during various procedures. If your pet is extremely painful or anxious, our veterinarian may recommend sedation in order to perform a thorough physical exam or to complete the treatments your pet may need.
Anesthesia is required for a number of our procedures including dental cleanings, spays, neuters, and other more invasive surgeries. We do require blood work along with a full physical exam before putting any pet under anesthesia. This helps our veterinarian to determine the anesthetic risk for your pet along with the safest sedative to use.
With any form of anesthesia or sedation, risk is involved, but at Center Veterinary Hospital we do our best to minimize this risk in various ways. Your pet’s heart rate, respiratory rate, capillary refill time, mucous membrane color, peripheral capillary oxygen saturation, body temperature, and blood pressure will be monitored by high quality monitoring equipment as well as by one of our highly trained veterinary assistants throughout the entire procedure. Our anesthesia patients are kept on IV fluids to maintain a healthy blood pressure and to facilitate proper hydration. Our patients are also kept on heat support to maintain a normal body temperature.
Our veterinary staff is happy to talk to you about sedation or anesthesia. Don’t hesitate to call our office if you have any questions or concerns!