Choosing Specialty Anesthetic Care for Your Pet
Surgical risk and anesthetic risk are different. Some patients have a higher anesthetic risk due to their body size, age, or physical condition even though the surgical risk for a procedure may be minimal. In contrast, certain surgical and diagnostic procedures carry an increased anesthetic risk in all patients due to the nature of the procedure.
In some hospitals, you may request that a Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, (also called a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia) anesthetize your pet. They will provide the highest possible standard of care available for your pet. The anesthesiologist’s main task is to provide safe, optimal anesthesia, specifically tailored to your pet. They are trained to anticipate, recognize, and care for any concerns associated with anesthesia. The anesthesiologist will monitor your pet thoroughly during surgery and throughout anesthetic recovery. They will be constantly on guard for changes in breathing, heart function, blood pressure and any other complication that may occur. The anesthesiologist’s sole responsibility is the safety of your pet during anesthesia.
The anesthesiologist is responsible for a pre-anesthetic evaluation of your pet, care of your pet while under general anesthesia, recovery from anesthesia, pain management and the direction of any non-veterinarian staff who assist in the technical aspects of your pet’s anesthetic care. Apart from assuring the optimal safety of your pet during surgery, anesthesiologists know how to make the operative procedure as comfortable as possible for your pet. An anesthesiologist knows how animals react to hospitals, surgery, and pain. The anesthesiologist will work with your pet’s surgeon to improve the quality of your pet’s recovery and entire hospital stay.
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