Anesthesia & Pain Management

Managing Your Pet's Pain

IMG_6238Nursing expertise is a very important part of anesthetic safety. A licensed veterinary technician (LVT) has a college degree in veterinary technology and has passed a national board examination demonstrating specific knowledge and competencies in both high-quality nursing techniques and high-risk anesthesia. These individuals are licensed by the state and must fulfill annual continuing education requirements.

Our LVTs, under the guidance of the surgeon, oversee anesthesia for every surgery to ensure the highest quality of care for our patients. This monitoring allows our surgeons to focus more on the surgical procedure, reducing the risk of surgical and anesthetic complications. All of our surgical patients have a physical exam, pre-anesthetic blood work, and are connected to anesthetic monitors that continuously measures oxygen levels, ventilation status, heart rate and rhythm (EKG), respiratory rate, body temperature and blood pressure. In addition, every anesthetized patient receives supportive IV fluid containing pain relievers to maintain blood pressure as well as active and passive warming to maintain body temperature.

IMG_1768All tissue and bone injury, whether it be from trauma, elective surgery or an ongoing medical condition, can cause pain and affect quality of life. The goal of many surgical procedures is to ultimately improve quality of life and alleviate pain, but it is true that while healing many patients experience discomfort. Managing your pet’s pain is an important part of our process, and we incorporate both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic techniques to anticipate and prevent as much discomfort as possible. Each patient receives narcotic pain relievers before anesthesia, during anesthesia and typically for the first night following anesthesia. We also employ local anesthetics when indicated.

At Bay Area Veterinary Surgery we are committed to providing exceptional care. We want to ensure that each and every patient has a good experience by treating them as if they are our own.