the past five years, immense advances have been made in veterinary
anesthetics. Progressive, up to date veterinary hospitals
no longer use single dose injectable anesthetics. As a matter
of fact, our anesthetic protocols at Josey Ranch Pet Hospital
are very similar, if not the same, as many human hospitals.
Potent, safe analgesics (pain relievers) are used in all surgical
cases or with any procedures causing discomfort. Anesthetics
we use typically consist of safe, short acting, intravenous
anesthetics which allow us to quickly place an endo-tracheal
tube (air tube placed through the mouth to the wind pipe)
and start the patient on oxygen and gas anesthesia. We routinely
use the highest quality intravenous and gas anesthetics such
as propofol, isoflurane, sevoflurane or epidurals, when applicable.
Anesthetic monitoring is just as important as the quality
of the anesthetic itself. We use cutting edge monitors based
upon each individual patients needs. These devices consist
of the following:
Monitoring of the electrical conduction system
of the heart to search for heart arrhythmias and allow
rapid treatment of problems if found.
Endtitle carbon dioxide monitoring
Monitoring of actual concentrations of carbon dioxide
exhaled by patients under anesthesia to ensure the patient
is having adequate circulation and lung function.
Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitoring
(pulse oximetry) Monitoring of the amount of oxygen
present in the blood with a small probe placed over the
skin or tongue to confirm that the amounts of oxygen given
during anesthesia are correct.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Monitoring of blood pressures; systolic, diastolic and
mean arterial pressures permitting adjustments of anesthesia
and/or intravenous fluid rates ensuring appropriate blood
pressures are present to provide good blood flow to all
organs and the brain during anesthesia.
As you can see, a lot of work is put into providing the best,
most advanced and safest anesthesia for your pet. Pain control
for all surgical procedures, cutting edge anesthesia and the
most advanced anesthetic monitoring devices are all employed
in order to allow us to provide your companion with the most
ideal anesthesia possible.
If you have any questions, we would be glad to hear from
you. Please call our office any time during our business hours
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