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Josey Ranch Pet Hospital, PC
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Date: August 1st 2003

Josey Ranch Pet Hospital, PC
... where caring makes the difference.
A Free Service of Josey Ranch Pet Hospital

Over 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:

  • Electrocardiogram Monitoring — 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 at 972-446-0667.

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