Safe Pet Dental Anesthesia
We see many “high risk” patients: Pets with heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and diabetes, as well as pets that are pediatric, geriatric, tiny breeds and giant breeds.
To help prevent complications, every patient is required to have pre-anesthetic lab work. We review the medical history of each patient, perform a physical examination, and then each patient receives an anesthetic protocol customized to fit their individual needs.
Pre-anesthetic medications are chosen including drugs for sedation and pain control. Giving pain medication before, during and after dental procedures has been shown to speed recovery and lessen the general anesthesia.Each patient has an intravenous catheter placed and is maintained on Isoflurane gas anesthetic. Intravenous fluids are administered during anesthesia. Blood pressure, ECG, heart rate and blood oxygen saturation along with respiration and temperature are monitored throughout anesthesia. Core body temperature is maintained with heated tables, warm water blankets and fluids.
During recovery, all vital signs are monitored and pain medication is given to smooth the process. Recovery accommodations are heated and are located in the treatment area where the patient is in full view and is easily accessed by the staff.
Patients are discharged in the afternoon on the day of the procedure.