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How Anesthesia Works On Your Pet

If your pet has to undergo an procedure where anesthesia is needed, it is vitally important that you understand how the process will work for your pet. Just like when people go under anesthesia, there are risks associated with going under anesthesia for your pet, which is why you need to make sure that you understand the procedure.

Before Your Pet Goes Under

Before your pet is put under anesthesia, your vet should also do a physical exam of your pet to make sure that they don't have any conditions that would cause complications while your pet is under anesthesia. Your vet should also ask for and review your pet's medical history to check for any other complications. If your pet has not had a blood test done in the past few months, your vet should also run a blood test to make sure that no health issues have popped up that have gone undetected. Your vet should also check and make sure that your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia.

Once your pet undergoes all of these checks, they may be given a sedative before the anesthesia to help calm your pet down. When your pet is calmed down, an intravenous catheter will be set up so that your pet can be provided with fluids and medications during their procedure. The anesthetic may be given intravenously or through gas mask.

While Under Anesthesia

When your pet is undergoing a medical procedure and is under anesthesia, a vet technician should be dedicated to monitoring your pet's condition and adjusting their anesthesia, fluid and medications. They will make sure that your pet's blood pressure is kept constant and monitor your pet's body temperature. If their body temperature gets low, they will put a warming blanket on your pet to help prevent hypothermia from setting. They will also keep an eye on your pet's heart. All of this monitoring is to ensure that you pet is safe and comes out of anesthesia without experiencing any complications.

After Anesthesia Is Done

When the procedure is done, the vet will continue to monitor your pet as they come out of anesthesia to make sure that they come out in a normal manner and to provide intervention if needed. Your pet will most likely be wrapped in some blankets to keep them warm and will be put somewhere quiet and semi-dark for them to wake up and regain their consciousness. When your pet is more fully awake, their endotracheal tube will be removed and fluids and medications will be issues to help your pet wake up.

Then your pet will be sent home. They may need to rest for the first day, but should fully recover from their anesthesia and procedure. Contact a company like East  Lake Animal Clinic for more info.