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“There are no inherently “safe” anesthetic drugs, only safe anesthetists.”  This axiom, taught to practicing doctors of all types, points out that “how” anesthesia is administered is far more important than “what” anesthetic drugs are actually given. This principle guides our approach to anesthesiology at Canton Animal Hospital LLC.

Adherence to a strict protocol of precautionary measures ensures the maximum degree of safety possible. We believe no shortcut is worth risking the life of a pet. All pets who are anesthetic candidates must be physically examined within the 30 days preceding their contemplated procedure, and this must occur prior to the morning of the planned anesthesia.

A tiered system of blood testing is employed to evaluate each pet individually, based upon its age. Pets older than 7 years of age will need to have blood and urine drawn several days in advance of the planned procedure, for analysis by our commercial laboratory.  Younger pets who have not had other recent laboratory work performed, will need to have a rapid blood profile evaluated on the morning of anesthesia.

All pets admitted for anesthesia administration will have an electrocardiogram recorded the day of their procedure. Additionally, all older pets, and most younger pets, will have an intravenous catheter placed prior to anesthesia to allow ready access to the blood stream should any problem develop requiring immediate treatment.

After induction of anesthesia with injectable medications, most pets will be endotracheally (in the airway) intubated. This allows protection of the airway and provides for respiratory assistance with our ventilator should that be necessary. Pets are maintained under anesthesia with a carefully calibrated mixture of oxygen and  isoflurane gas. This gas is commonly used in human medicine today and is extremely safe for birds, cats, dogs, reptiles, small mammals and many other species. 

During anesthesia the pet's heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen content of the blood, body temperature and electrocardiogram are continuously monitored. Some patients will also have continuous blood pressure monitoring as well.

Each patient has one technician assigned to continuously monitor and record anesthetic progress. This person is given no other duties during this time and is therefore solely focused on your pet's progress. The doctor is thus able to focus on the procedure being performed, confident that subtle changes in anesthetic depth, blood pressure, body temperature, heart function,  oxygenation, respiration,  and other factors will be noted immediately and adjustments made promptly.

Diligent attention to vital signs, hydration and adequacy of ventilation is maintained throughout anesthesia and recovery. Pain relieving medications are administered both before, and again after, surgical procedures  to minimize the amount of anesthetic medications required to maintain a surgical plane of anesthesia and to provide comfort and freedom from pain.  Close monitoring is maintained until patients are sitting upright and are aware of their surroundings. Recovered patients as fed as soon as possible and appropriate, additional pain relief medication administered as needed.
  • Pre-anesthetic evaluation
  • Anesthetic preparation
  • Anesthetic induction
  • Anesthetic maintenance
  • Anesthetic monitoring
  • Anesthetic recovery
  • Peri-anesthetic pain control
  • Post-anesthetic care

CANTON, CT 06019
PHONE 860-693-9300