Anesthesia and Your Pet
By Oak Park Animal Hospital
December 15, 2014
Category: Pet Care
If your pet requires surgery or another procedure, your veterinarian in Oak Park will most likely need to utilize anesthesia, which is the process of blocking the perception of pain and other sensations.  With the use of anesthesia, your Oak Park veterinarian is able to complete your pet’s procedure without your pet experiencing distress or pain that they might otherwise experience. The choice of anesthetic technique is a complex one, and the best approach involves the individual assessment of your pet and the procedure in order to plan the anesthetic properly. 

During Anesthesia

While your pet is under anesthesia, they will receive proper monitoring and care.  This is similar to if you were to undergo a procedure that required anesthesia.  Throughout the procedure, your veterinarian in Oak Park will utilize intravenous fluids and/or medications to support your pet’s circulation and blood pressure.  An endotracheal tube will also be inserted into your pet’s trachea (windpipe) to deliver the anesthetic gas and provide oxygen to your pet’s lungs.  Pulse oximetry will be used to measure the oxygenation of your pet’s blood, and your pet’s blood pressure will be properly monitored in addition to temperature monitoring and warming blankets to prevent low body temperature.  

After Anesthesia

Once your pet’s procedure is complete, it will be time for your pet to wake up from the anesthesia.  Your pet will typically be placed in a quiet, semi dark care or kennel to recover.  During the recovery, your pet will be closely monitored to make sure they are recovering normally and that care is provided quickly if any problems were to occur.  Pads and blankets will also be used to keep your pet warm during the recovery, but it is not uncommon for a pet to shiver while recovering from anesthesia—this does not always mean your pet is cold.  Depending on the procedure and your pet’s medical condition, he or she may be sent home later in the day or they may need to remain in your Oak Park veterinarian’s office. 
If you have any questions about anesthesia or your pet’s procedure, talk to your veterinarian in Oak Park for more information.  Your veterinarian will be able to give you the information you need to ensure your pet receives the best procedure.