Safe strategies for anesthesia

By Connie Orcutt • Published: January 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

Your furry friend is given the green light for anesthesia. So what does the veterinary team do to help him pull through with flying colors?

You can help first by following instructions on prohibiting your pet from eating or drinking pre-anesthesia to help prevent vomiting.

At the clinic, your animal will receive a sedative injection to help decrease the amount of anesthetic he needs. The veterinary team may also give analgesics to help block pain before it starts.

They’ll insert an intravenous catheter in case fluids and medication are necessary. Next, an airway tube will deliver anesthetic and oxygen. Temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen level are all monitored during anesthesia. Once in recovery, your pet will be observed closely until she’s breathing regularly, swallowing and lifting her head.

Mission accomplished!