Anesthesia & Patient Monitoring For Pets

Anesthesia & Patient Monitoring For Pets In Shreveport

The word anesthesia comes from the Greek meaning “lack of sensation”. Anesthesia is accomplished by administering drugs that depress nerve function. With general anesthesia, the patient is made unconscious for a short period. During this unconscious state, there is muscular relaxation and a complete loss of pain sensation.

Other types of anesthesia include local anesthesia such as numbing a localized area of skin or a tooth, and spinal anesthesia, such as an epidural block, that results in anesthesia of a particular part of the body.

Pre-surgical physical examination, preoperative blood and urine tests and radiographic examination will help our doctors detect potential clinical and sub-clinical problems. However, certain medical conditions will increase the risk of having an anesthetic complication. These conditions may include heart, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, anemia, dehydration, and certain infectious diseases such as heart worm. Our anesthesia & patient monitoring services are state-of-the-art.

We have two anesthetic machines at our office in Shreveport.

Both are equipped with patient monitors that allow us to hear and visualize (on a screen and printable copies) an electro-cardiogram (ECG), respiration and also pulse-ox meters that monitor a patient’s pulse rate and blood oxygen saturation.

  • We also monitor the pet’s body temperature throughout each procedure.
  • These allow us to chart all vitals during surgery.

The anesthetics (Isoflurane and Sevoflurane) that are used in the machines are the same that are used in hospitals on adults and children.