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What you should know about anesthesia.

There are several different kinds of anesthesia that we can use depending on your pets specific needs.

General Anesthesia
General anesthesia is used most frequently for dentistry and major and minor surgical procedures.  General anesthesia blocks pain sensation and creates a sleep-like state. After a pre-anesthesia sedative injection, unconsciousness is achieved by an intravenous (IV) injection of an anesthetic drug(s). Immediately, a breathing tube in placed in the trachea (windpipe) to deliver Oxygen and Anesthetic gas to the lungs to maintain that sleep-like state.During anesthesia and surgery, your pet is closely monitored with our state of the art monitoring equipment.

Occasionally, we can use a sedative or tranquilizer alone or in combination with injectable pain medication to perform a very short procedure instead of full general anesthesia.  One example is a foxtail from deep in the external ear canal of your pet

Local anesthesia
Local anesthesia is the injection of a numbing medicine (lidocaine, “novacaine”) much like your dentist does to numb an area of your mouth.  With a very calm pet, sometimes, we can perform very minor procedures with local anesthesia often combined with sedation or tranquilization.

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West Sacramento, CA 95691
Carol Mandell DVM, PhD.