Anesthesia Consent

Even with the highest level of medical care, there is always some risk with any anesthetic procedure. Although complications are rare, they may include injury, illness, or even death. For this reason, we take many steps to minimize this risk for each patient:
  • Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork -- allows us to diagnose medical conditions that cannot be detected on physical examination before they cause a problem under anesthesia
  • Thorough Pre-Anesthetic History – gives us more information to help avoid anesthetic issues
  • Comprehensive Physical Examination on the morning of anesthesia
  • Certified Veterinary Technicians – our CVTs are specially educated and trained to provide the best possible care; for your pet’s best health and safety, only CVTs or DVMs monitor anesthesia in our practice
  • Inhalant Anesthesia – allows your pet to sleep and wake up faster, smoother, and safer
  • Airway Intubation – providing a secure airway during anesthesia
  • Careful Monitoring – dedicated certified technician monitors heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen content in blood, blood pressure, depth of anesthesia, ECG, CO2 levels, and body temperature throughout the procedure and recovery
  • IV Catheter and Fluids -- allows immediate cardiovascular access in case of an emergency under anesthesia, supports blood pressure and kidney function under anesthesia, decreases nausea during the recovery period, and prevents dehydration
  • Temperature Support – Bair-Hugger forced air warming system
  • Complete Recovery – a certified technician will stay with your pet through the recovery process
  • Peri-Operative and Post-Surgical Pain Control – all patients will receive pain control at the doctor’s discretion, if you have difficulty giving medications by mouth please let us know before surgery