At Countryside Animal Clinic, your pet’s well-being is our number one goal. While there’s always some risk to putting any animal under anesthesia or sedation, today’s modern protocols and monitoring make it quite safe for pets.
Our focus is on the best possible outcome for your pet, so we carefully examine each animal prior to sedation and anesthesia. We also require pre-operative bloodwork to be sure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. We use the most advanced anesthetic drugs and sedatives, and they are individually selected for each pet based on the procedure, their age, breed, and health status.
If your pet is being sedated for a minor procedure, he or she will stay awake or be in a light sleep but can be awakened if necessary. Should your pet require local anesthetic for a minor procedure, we will sometimes use a sedative or anti-anxiety medication in combination with the local to keep pets calm.
For some procedures, your pet will need to be administered general anesthesia so that he or she will be unconscious and not feel pain. We begin most general anesthetic procedures by administering a sedative to help the pet relax and decrease any anxiety and pain.
Pets receive intravenous fluids during surgery to support blood pressure and speed recovery, and they are monitored by a certified veterinary technician during surgery. In recovery, your pet will stay in a heated, comfortable cubicle and be monitored by an experienced animal care nurse.
If you have questions about sedation, anesthesia or want to make an appointment or your pet, call us at (352) 746-7171.