Anesthesia protocols are tailored to the unique requirements of each patient. At Glendale Veterinary Hospital we utilize special anesthesia equipment to closely monitor blood pressure, oxygen, carbon dioxide levels, heart rate and rhythm and temperature during anesthesia. We have IV fluid warmers, as well as warming devices to ensure our patients maintain optimal body temperatures.
A designated anesthesia technician monitors all vital signs during each procedure which allows very subtle changes in parameters to be identified and adjusted rapidly. At the conclusion of our procedure, the patient is moved to a recovery area where we continue to monitor our patients until they are fully awake.
All patients undergoing anesthesia have an IV catheter and fluid support. Fluid support is essential to maintaining normal blood pressure and organ support while a patient is under anesthesia. The presence of an IV and the maintenance of good blood pressure is also necessary to allow the best injectable options in pain control, antibiotics, and emergency medications.
For an overview of currently recommended anesthetic practices in veterinary medicine, view the Pet Health Network.