Sedation and Anesthesia

Sedation and General Anesthesia for your pet’s surgical procedure.

We understand that many pet owners have concerns about procedures involving sedation or anesthesia. Our veterinarians will always discuss why the use of sedatives or general anesthesia is recommended for your pet’s procedure. Also, there are many ways that we can make anesthesia safer for our pets.

First, our veterinarians may recommend pre-anesthetic blood testing to screen for underlying medical problems, especially in older pets. We use the safest anesthetics available and tailor the type of medication used to each pet’s specific needs.  During anesthesia, our staff monitors your pet’s heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature. In older patients or for longer procedures, our veterinarians may recommend having an IV catheter in place to administer fluids which support blood pressure and provide direct access for injections of medication as needed.

The medications used by our veterinarians for sedation and anesthesia are also selected to provide for the shortest possible recovery time. This means that in most cases, your pet will be able to return home from the hospital the same day as their procedure. In order to allow enough time for proper recovery, most procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia are performed in the morning, so we ask that your pet be dropped off at the hospital between 7:45-8:00 AM.

Please feel free to call and check on your pet, or a member of our staff will let you know what time they can be picked up that afternoon.