What is anesthesia?


In the practice of medicine, especially surgery, and dentistry, anesthesia is an induced, temporary state with one or more of the following characteristics: analgesia (relief from pain), paralysis (extreme muscle relaxation), amnesia (loss of memory), and unconsciousness. Anesthesia enables the painless performance of medical procedures that would cause severe or intolerable pain to an awake [...]

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What To Expect


The process for administering anesthesia is unique for each patient. We consider your pet’s age, breed, medical history, and current health status to tailor our drugs to provide the safest and fastest anesthesia possible. Most pets receiving anesthesia at Creekside Veterinary Hospital can expect the following: Pre-anesthetic Evaluation Our team will want to make sure [...]

What To Expect2019-03-25T19:44:53+00:00

Types of Anesthesia


Depending on your pet’s treatment and needs, there are several different types of anesthesia your pet may receive: Preemptive analgesia: Prevention or minimization of pain by the administration of analgesics before the production of pain, to provide a therapeutic intervention in advance of pain. Local anesthesia: Local anesthesia is the blocking of pain in a [...]

Types of Anesthesia2019-03-25T19:44:08+00:00

Methods of Administration


Anesthetic agents can be administered in several ways: Anesthesia can be started by an intravenous injection so the patient becomes unconscious rapidly (this is the most common application of anesthesia). Anesthetic agents may be breathed by your animal until they lose consciousness, called inhalation induction. In a multimodal approach, we may administer multiple drugs that [...]

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Whenever your pet is anesthetized in our hospital, there is a board certified veterinarian or highly trained anesthesia technician monitoring your pet’s vital signs. We monitor many characteristics of your pet throughout anesthesia administration, including: Respiration Heart rate and pulse strength Capillary refill time Mucous membrane color Arterial blood pressure (direct and indirect) Central venous [...]


Side Effects


Although anesthetics can provide complete pain relief and loss of consciousness during an operation, there are occasionally side effects, such as decreased breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. Our team is trained to ensure that these effects are minimized and addressed before they become problematic.

Side Effects2019-03-25T19:42:22+00:00

Your Pet’s Reaction


Most animals tolerate surgery and anesthesia quite well. Just like their human counterparts, however, animals have natural fears of the unknown. Your composure can be essential and calming to your pet and help them reduce fear and anxiety.

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Your Pet’s Recovery


Different pets awaken from anesthesia at differing rates. Some animals may be fully alert upon arriving in the recovery area, while others may be groggy for hours after surgery. Although newer drugs and techniques have reduced these side effects, some animals may require a few days to return to normal. If you have any concerns [...]

Your Pet’s Recovery2019-03-25T19:41:08+00:00
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