Tranquilization or sedation is used to calm an animal under various conditions. The animal remains awake or may 'sleep' but is easily aroused when stimulated. Pet owners frequently request sedation for their animals during travel, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. Sedation and tranquilization are not without risk and each animal should be assessed prior to dispensing these medicines. A local anesthetic causes a loss of sensation to a 'local' area. Small surgical or diagnostic procedures may require a local anesthetic to perform. A biopsy is a common diagnostic procedure where local anesthetic can be used to control pain. A biopsy involves surgical removal of a small portion of tissue.
A local anesthetic causes a loss of sensation to a 'local' area. Small surgical or diagnostic procedures may require a local anesthetic to perform. A biopsy is a common diagnostic procedure where local anesthetic can be used to control pain. A biopsy involves surgical removal of a small portion of tissue.
A general anesthetic results in a loss of consciousness in the animal and a loss of sensation throughout the body. Most general anesthetic procedures involve several steps beginning with the administration of a sedative. An intravenous injection of an anesthetic renders the animal unconscious while a breathing tube is placed into the animal's trachea. A gas anesthetic is delivered in combination with oxygen to the animal via the breathing tube to maintain the state of unconsciousness.
Although general anesthetics are significantly safer than they have been in the past, there is still the remote chance of an anesthetic accident. There are many ways to reduce the risk associated with anesthesia including a thorough physical examination and blood work prior to anesthesia. Anesthetic monitoring equipment and protocol can also contribute to a safer anesthesia.
Pain Managment and Control
We know the issue of pain management is of great concern to pet owners today. As in human medicine, we have a variety of medications available to manage your pet's pain both before and after surgery and in the event of acute (eg.traumatic) and chronic (eg. arthritis) pain. A pain management protocol is tailored to suit each individual patient, and is based on the patient's age and condition, and the procedure being performed or the injury being treated, as not all medications are appropriate for all patients. In some cases, diagnostic tests such as blood work and urine checks are necessary prior to starting a pain management program, and at various intervals when longterm pain management is necessary. We would be pleased to discuss the options available to you and your pet under any of the above circumstances.