Anesthesia

Every anesthetic procedure requires careful attention to each patient’s needs so that they do not feel pain, but are not anesthetized for longer than required so as to minimize potential adverse reactions. At RHVH we have multiple types of short-acting and quickly reversible injectable anesthetics that can be used to sedate a patient for minor wounds, to take x-rays, or perform other minor procedures that will only take a few minutes. We utilize inhaled gas anesthetics when an animal will need to be anesthetized for a longer procedure such as for a neuter, spay, or other surgery. Monitoring of the patient’s vital signs (including body temperature, heart and respiratory rates, blood oxygen content) is done continually throughout all procedures. Specific anesthetic agents and carefully developed individual protocols are used for any and all high risk patients