General anesthesia

A general anesthetic results in a loss of consciousness and sensation to the body. The general anesthetic procedure involves several steps beginning with the administration of a sedative, followed by an intravenous injection of an anesthetic which renders the animal unconscious. Then, a breathing tube is placed into the trachea. An anesthetic gas is then delivered in combination with oxygen to the animal via the breathing tube to maintain the state of unconsciousness.

Although general anesthetics are significantly safer than they have been in the past, there is still the remote chance of an anesthetic complication. We recommend a complete physical examination and a blood test prior to an anesthetic to help identify any potential risks. A preanesthetic blood test provides additional information on the health status of the internal organs of your animal. Of special importance are kidney and liver functions, since these two organs are responsible for the metabolism of the anesthetic. Malfunction of these organs can have deleterious effects on the anesthetic recovery of your animal.