Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring

We understand that many owners are concerned about the safety of anesthesia for their pet. So is everyone at the University Veterinary Hospital. Therefore, we take every precaution to make every patient's anesthesia as safe and stress-free as possible. Every pet receives a pre-anesthetic physical examination to make sure they are healthy enough to undergo surgery. The anesthetic we use is one that is very safe and is often used in human anesthesia, called Isoflurane. Each patient is monitored during surgery by a veterinary technician who uses sophisticated equipment including blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, which measure the oxygenation of the blood, and ECG monitors, which monitor heart rate and rhythm. Your pet also receives pain medication to make their recovery more comfortable. Intravenous fluids are administered during surgery and help ensure adequate blood pressure and circulation during anesthesia. An intravenous catheter also allows for immediate intervention in the event of an anesthetic crisis. Once the surgery is finished, your pet continues to be monitored by a technician while they recover from the anesthesia. Making sure our patients remain safe during surgery and other medical procedures is extremely important to us. Our team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians is skilled in using anesthesia and monitoring patients to ensure their safety and provide the most comfortable experience. Anesthesia and patient monitoring vary greatly from clinic to clinic. You can be confident that we use the most effective and up-to-date protocols. The type of anesthesia we use depends on the procedure. Some require general anesthesia, while others may only call for local anesthesia. We also closely monitor every procedure, regardless of whether it’s routine or more advanced. For more specific information on our protocols, please see the individual descriptions or contact us with any questions.

  • 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…

  • Local Anesthesia

    If your pet is having a minor surgical or diagnostic procedure performed, we sometimes use a local anesthetic to help control pain. For example, when we perform a biopsy (in…