Pet Anesthesia and Pain Management

Anesthesia & Pain Management for Your Pet

Stoney Brook Veterinary Hospital

We understand that any surgical procedure, no matter how minor, can be stressful for both you and your pet. For surgical procedures at our hospital, we adhere to a strict anesthetic and pain management protocol that emphasizes the safety and comfort of the patient above all else.

Before Surgery

Prior to surgery, your pet undergoes a thorough physical examination and routine blood tests are usually performed. This allows us to spot any health problems that might complicate surgery. Blood tests can gauge how well the kidneys, liver, pancreas and intestines function and evaluate your pet's immune system, oxygen carrying capacities and coagulation processes. Because all pets respond differently to anesthesia, the results from these tests are used to create an anesthetic protocol that's specific to your pet. Sedation and a pre-emptive pain reliever are given before the surgery. Giving analgesics before a procedure minimizes the build-up of pain.

During Surgery

During surgery, your pet's heart rate, blood pressure, respiration and temperature are monitored using sophisticated monitoring equipment. A specially-trained veterinary nurse is present during surgery and closely monitors your pet. The safety of your pet is our first priority during all surgical procedures.

After Surgery

Pain management is an important part of our pre- and post-surgical protocols. All surgical patients receive additional pain management medication following surgery. Medication is sent home with surgical patients after discharge as necessary.

If you have questions about your pet's surgical procedure, please ask us! We are glad to discuss with clients any concerns you may have or answer questions about a particular surgery. We can also provide you with educational literature and resources.

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