Anaesthesia and Analgesia
This is a branch of veterinary medicine that involves the provision of safe anaesthesia, whether general or loco-regional, and advanced pain relief for animals.
defined as a reversible drug-induced controlled loss of consciousness whilst local or regional anaesthesia is a controlled reversible drug-induced absence of sensation. Whenever we perform procedures, muscle relaxation and pain relief are also factored into the anaesthetic plan to ensure your pet is fully unaware and pain-free for those procedures, from simple diagnostic imaging to the most complex surgical procedures.
Anaesthesia in your pet is very like anaesthesia in people. We use similar drugs and techniques to those used in people, and our anaesthetic equipment, such as anaesthetic machines and monitors and fluid therapy equipment is to a very high standard. This, combined with training and extensive knowledge means we can undertake even the most complex anaesthetic procedures.
Each pet is an individual and treated as such, with the procedure to be performed noted and a careful clinical examination carried out, before an anaesthetic plan is prepared. An intravenous catheter is placed and pre-anaesthetic medication given to ensure that your pet is relaxed, and has been provided with analgesia prior to induction of anaesthesia. When anaesthetised, your pet is carefully monitored by an individual team member who assesses several clinical parameters including heart rate, respiratory rate and carbon-dioxide levels, blood pressure, temperature and oxygenation. Fluid therapy and additional analgesia are given when necessary.
For recovery, your pet is monitored until it is awake and its temperature is back to normal. They are usually placed back in wards after the procedure but, if very sick, they can be taken to our Intensive Care Unit where our criticalist can provide additional intensive care.