Ensuring Your Pet's Safety with Advanced Anesthesia and Monitoring

Ensuring the safety of our patients throughout surgical and medical procedures is paramount at Pets Ahoy Animal Hospital. Our team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians is highly skilled in anesthesia administration and patient monitoring, ensuring a comfortable and secure experience for your beloved pet. Anesthesia techniques and monitoring practices can vary significantly between veterinary clinics. Rest assured, at our Macomb veterinary hospital, we employ the most effective and contemporary protocols available. The choice of anesthesia is tailored to each procedure, with some necessitating general anesthesia, while others may require only local anesthesia. Irrespective of the procedure's complexity, we maintain vigilant monitoring to safeguard your pet's well-being. For detailed insights into our protocols, please refer to the individual descriptions provided or reach out to us with any inquiries.

Patient Monitoring

We monitor our patients to keep them as safe as possible during procedures that require general anesthesia. A veterinary technician will continually assess your pet’s heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs to help prevent any anesthetic risk.

Please feel free to ask us about our patient monitoring protocol or any concerns you might have about your pet’s procedure.

General Anesthesia

For some procedures, your pet will need to be administered general anesthesia so that he or she will be unconscious and not feel pain. Many pet owners worry about their pets being administered general anesthesia. We can assure you that modern anesthesia is generally quite safe; to further lower any risk, we perform a physical examination and run blood work ahead of time to catch any underlying health issues. In addition, we follow a specific anesthetic protocol, including monitoring vital signs during the procedure, to ensure the safety of our patients.

We begin most general anesthetic procedures by administering a sedative to help the pet relax and decrease any anxiety and pain. We then administer an intravenous drug to provide complete anesthesia and place a breathing tube into the patient’s trachea (windpipe). To maintain the state of unconsciousness, we deliver a gas anesthetic in combination with oxygen through the breathing tube.

Local Anesthesia

For minor surgical or diagnostic procedures, we may opt for local anesthesia to manage pain effectively. For instance, during biopsies, where a small tissue sample is surgically excised for examination, local anesthesia is often utilized. Local anesthetics induce numbness in the targeted area, enhancing patient comfort during the procedure. To further ensure your pet's calmness, we may administer a sedative and/or anxiolytic (anti-anxiety medication) alongside the local anesthetic.