Anesthesia & Patient Monitoring
Many people worry about their dog or cat undergoing anesthesia, but it’s a necessity for surgeries and dentistries that improve the quality of life for pets. And, with today’s new drugs, monitoring
technologies and our staff’s skills, it’s much safer than it was 20 years ago.
At Livingston Veterinary Hospital, we emphasize reducing the anesthetic risk by performing complete physical exams and diagnostic tests to reveal any underlying problems prior to a procedure. These exams and tests allow our doctors to design an individual anesthetic plan for each pet.
We use a combination of injectable anesthetics and pain-relieving medications, along with isoflurane anesthetic gas. Isoflurane is similar to the sevoflurane used for humans, and it’s quickly metabolized and very safe. Once an animal is under anesthesia, our doctors and technicians use pulse oximetry to measure heart rate and oxygen saturation of the blood, combined with blood pressure, respiratory and EKG monitors to continually evaluate a patient’s status. Pets at Livingston Veterinary Hospital also benefit from being on a hot water blanket and receiving warmed IV fluids during anesthesia. Plus our fully-trained, certified veterinary technicians closely observe and comfort each pet as it wakes up in recovery. Lots of technology, lots of TLC, lots of positive results… and safety first for your pet!