Your pet’s health, safety, and comfort are important to us. We utilize the most comprehensive pet pain management protocols, in alignment with the American Animal Hospital Association’s and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) gold standard of care. We strive to ensure your pet is pain free throughout your pet’s treatment including post-operative care.
Many diagnostic and treatment procedures require the use of general anesthesia. Veterinary anesthesia is generally quite safe for your pet. To minimize complications, we perform a physical examination and blood work before your pet receives anesthesia.
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 relax your pet and decrease any anxiety and pain. We use two delivery methods during each procedure. The induction anesthetic is given by IV and the primary anesthetic is a gas administered in combination with oxygen through a breathing tube.
Localized anesthesia is used to control pain during minor surgical or diagnostic procedures. Local anesthetics cause a loss of sensation in the area where the procedure is being performed. It can be administered alone or in conjunction with a sedative or anti-anxiety medication to keep pets calm during a procedure.
Pet Palliative Care
Veterinary palliative care is a multimodal approach to pain management for pets with serious illnesses such as cancer. It is focused on keeping your pet calm, comfortable, and pain free to enhance their quality of life.