Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia is the art of inducing unconsciousness in a patient. It is made up of three parts; Analgesia (pain relief), unconsciousness and muscle relaxation. Anaesthesia is a vital part of veterinary work. It is used for the majority of procedures including; Surgery, Dentals, Diagnostic Imaging and more. 

 Although inducing Anaesthesia is a very common procedure it is also very complicated and potentially risky, however with the use of modern techniques and technologies we reduce this risk to a minimum. When we induce anaesthesia, we enable our patient unconscious and as such we must maintain their normal bodily functions. This involves monitoring and maintaining their heart rate and rhythm, breathing rate and temperature amongst other functions.

We are all animal owners ourselves and their for we understand how hard it can be to think about your animal undergoing general anaesthesia (or being 'put under'). That's why we can promise you that:

  • Your pet will be continuously monitored from pre med right through to recovery. 
  • We only ever have qualified members of staff monitoring your patient
  • We use the latest techniques and technology to minimise the risk

General anaesthesia process:

  1. Firstly your pet will be admitted into our care by one of our nurses on the day of the procedure (we know how hard this can be). This will allow us to fully explain the procedure and any associated risks, as well as answer any questions you may have.
  2. Your pet will be checked by one of our vets and then double checked by one of our nurses. Checks will include listening to their heart rate and rhythm, respiratory check and general health check.
  3. Next our nurses and vets will tailor the anaesthesia to your pets needs: age, breed, health, procedure, ect all play a part in deciding the safest anaesthetic protocol.
  4. A pre medication (pre-med) will then be administered. This is normally a combination of analgesia (pain relief) and sedation medication. This will help reduce any pain that may be get as well as relax the patient before the operation.
  5. Following this we will induce general anaesthesia. This is normally done with an injection into the leg which is very effective and fast acting. Once under one of our surgeons will place an Endotracheal (ET) tube procedure their air way. We can now maintain anaesthesia by delivering a gas combined with oxygen by this tube.
  6. During the procedure our nurses will monitor all of the patients vital signs to ensure there are no complications. We will also monitor for any signs of pain and deliver analgesia as necessary. This will ensure a smoother safer recover (and a more pleasant experience).
  7. After the procedure we will monitor them into recovery when we can then remove the ET tube once safe. From here we will continue to monitor them to ensure no post op complications. 
  8. Finally we can reunite you with your fur babies.

Generally the whole process is more stressful and painful for the owners than the patient as, no one likes to leave their pets in a strange environment.

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