December 2019: Vets4Pets Blog

January 02 2020

Anaesthesia in my pet – what happens?

Anaesthesia has come a long way in the past 2 centuries with modern techniques being quite safe. 

Anaesthesia in veterinary patients is carried out on a daily basis and has many aspects to it. Our key goals are to provide excellent pain relief, eliminate awareness (make them unconscious) and relax their muscles whilst making it as stress free for our patients as possible!

The Journey:

Patients are always health checked prior to an anaesthetic. Sometimes we take a blood sample to check organ function. It is important, particularly in older patients, as the liver and kidneys are involved with drug elimination.

We then give a pre-medication injection. It usually has 1 or 2 different types of pain relief plus a sedative. We then place a cannula (IV line) into a vein and proceed to full anaesthesia by injecting a
drug directly into the blood

When they are asleep we put an endo-tracheal tube into their airway so we can move them to a gaseous anaesthetic. They are closely monitored for any changes to their heart or breathing rate/pattern, oxygenation or blood pressure which requires a change in the anaesthetic dose or top up of pain relief.

When it is time to wake them up, we turn off the anaesthetic gas and move them to a warm kennel and monitor them closely. Once they are awake we will give them food and water and phone their owner with an update.

We always do our best to minimise stress for our patients and their owners. If you have questions regarding your pet having an anaesthetic, feel free to speak to our friendly team at Kingswood Vets4 Pets on 0117 961 6417.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. From Catherine, Kate, Katy, Lucy, Amy, Jade, Charlotte, Yazmin and Dani at Kingswood Vets4Pets.