Anesthesia is a state of unconsciousness induced in a patient. The three components of anaesthesia are analgesia (pain relief), amnesia (loss of memory) and immobilization.
Even when applying the utmost safety measures there will always be a residual amount of risk associated with any anaesthetic protocol. To minimize the amount of risk we will examine your animal very thoroughly beforehand.
On the day of surgery we will usually first sedate your pet. Once he or she will be relaxed and free of anxiety we will place an intravenous catheter which will then enable us to induce general anaesthesia with an injectable anaesthetic. A tracheal tube will be inserted and anaesthesia maintained through inhalation of a narcotic gas.
During the entire anaesthesia we will not only electronically monitor heart rate, respiration rate, body temperature and tissue oxygenation of our patients, but in addition have a trained employee watch all vital signs and perform controlled ventilation in order to further increase anaesthetic safety.