Anaesthesia


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Admitting your pet for an anaesthetic or sedation, for whatever procedure, is a very worrying thing for you the owner. We would like to reassure you about the safety of our anaesthesia. We are confident about our anaesthesia for the following reasons:

    • We offer in-house pre-anaesthetic bloods to determine if your pet is healthy enough for an anaesthetic, depending on the results we may use a different combination of drugs or administer intravenous fluids.
    • Anaesthetic protocol- our anaesthetic drugs are of the safest and most modern available.
    • We utilise a balanced approach to anaesthesia, this means a combination of a mild sedative injection to relax your pet, followed by an intravenous (into the vein) injection that will anaesthetise your pet briefly (count back from 10!!), then just like in humans, anaesthesia is maintained by intubating (ET tube down throat) and administering a mix of anaesthetic gas and 100% oxygen. Pain relief is administered before, during and after the anaesthetic. We believe pain is commonly overlooked and under treated, at the ACH we endeavour to correct this.
    • Our new surgery wing has oxygen piped in and quality control is extremely meticulous.
    • The intravenous injection is administered via a catheter into the vein, and during the anaesthetic your pet may thus receive fluids or any other drugs that may be required. The tube in the throat (endotracheal tube) always give us control of the airway if extra breaths are needed to be given, and also protects the airway from blockage while you pet is asleep.
    • Anaesthetics are constantly monitored by trained, experienced and qualified veterinary nurses.
    • After the procedure is finished and your pet is being recovered from anaesthesia, we monitor recovery closely, keep your pet warm and monitor his/her temperature. Extra pain relief is administered as needed.

We perform anaesthetics every day, complications in our experience are extremely rare.

Animal Care Hospital Douglas Vets Cork