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How Safe Is Pet Anesthesia?

Pet getting check-up for anesthesia before surgery

Pet Anesthesia at Short Pump Animal Hospital

Here at Short Pump Animal Hospital in Glen Allen, VA, we recognize the deep bonds between animals and owners. We are protectors and providers and, in turn, they offer companionship and unconditional love. Often, our protector role involves making decisions for our pet's best interest and, sometimes, they can be fairly serious. If your animal requires anesthesia, there is an extra level of concern from pet owners about the safety and long-term effects of this process. Fortunately, modern techniques and medicines are available. Let's examine some of the more common concerns most patient protectors may have.

Ask A Veterinarian

If you don't already have a primary veterinarian for your pets, contact a trusted local vet to inquire further about the effects of pet anesthesia. In the meantime, we'll cover some of the common questions and concerns we experience regularly.

  • What is pet anesthesia and why is it important?  When treating injured animals, many bite, claw, or thrash, due to distress. This makes medical care difficult and can possibly cause the animal further injury. Local anesthesia numbs a certain area of the body, allowing the vet to manipulate sensitive areas without pain and with a conscious patient. General anesthesia causes the patient to lose consciousness, requiring careful monitoring by the medical team.
  • Why would my pet need anesthesia? General anesthesia is used for painful procedures, such as spay/neuter, ER surgery, or setting/manipulating broken bones. Local anesthesia is used for surface injuries or other more minor procedures.
  • How safe are the drugs and procedure? General anesthesia renders your pet completely incapacitated, so caution is used to monitor breath and heart rate, as well as body temperature. Along with a series of tests prior to starting, the anesthesiologist administers intravenously and monitors the patient, accordingly.

Schedule an Appointment with Short Pump Animal Hospital Today!

Dr. Christine Morlino and Dr. Honora ""Nonie"" Reger, along with the staff of Short Pump Animal Hospital are ready to answer these and all other pet-related questions. Call (804) 360-0100 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.

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