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Anaesthesia at Centretown Veterinary Hospital

Anesthesia has a special place in veterinary medicine. Unlike in human medicine, our patients understandably don’t sit still when they are told “this won’t hurt a bit”. What this means is that often for the patients’ own safety, a veterinarian may need to use varying forms of anaesthesia to help their patient relax and stay still. This may be required to perform a number of medical procedures apart from actual surgery, such as effective bone and joint examination, diagnostic radiology and when taking biopsies.

That said, anaesthesia isn’t without its own risks. The drugs used often alter the body’s stability systems such as blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate, placing manageable strain on a healthy system. If however there is already strain on these systems, this alteration may prove dangerous. For this reason your veterinarian not only weighs up the pros and cons of anaesthesia, but also makes decisions as to which drugs to use depending on the challenges faced by each individual patient.

The more information your pet’s doctor can gather on what those challenges are, the safer it is. For this reason, they may ask for “pre-anaesthetic blood work” to diagnose any alterations in normal body function, particularly the liver and kidney functions.

The kidneys are greatly effected by changes in blood pressure whereas the liver is responsible for clearing the body of many of the drugs used in anaesthesia. By examining those blood attributes relating to particular organs, it allows your veterinarian to ensure the procedure is the safest it can possibly be.

Particular considerations of Anaesthesia at Centretown Veterinary Hospital

Because anaesthesia alters the body’s stability systems we take a number of protective measures to help them maintain normal body function: