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Pet Anesthesia

Anesthesia keeps pets comfortable and unaware of pain during surgery. This, in turn, leads to better surgical control and success. The veterinary team at Fullerton Animal Hospital wants your pet to receive the best and kindest care possible, so we are extremely careful to perform anesthesia correctly based on each pet's needs and the kind of surgery involved. We serve Baltimore, Nottingham, Parkville, Carney, and its surrounding communities.

large dog on operating tableDuring the workday at Fullerton, we perform a wide variety of surgeries, including standard procedures such as declawing, draining ears and spaying/neutering. Other commonly scheduled operations include dental, orthopedic and vision surgery. All require anesthesia to be done right.

Fullerton Animal Hospital does not perform surgeries after hours. However, we can recommend the best emergency veterinarians available nearby. We are connected with the Baltimore, Nottingham, Parkville and Carney pet care community and are selective with our referrals.

Helping Our Veterinarians

You can help prepare your pet for surgery by withholding food and water for at least 12 hours before the operation. An empty stomach is necessary to avoid regurgitation, which can lead to inhaling vomit.

We meet with you before the day of surgery to explain the procedure, remind you of the fasting schedule, mention any medications that must be withheld prior to surgery and explain what to expect during recovery.

Determining and Monitoring Anesthesia

Before surgery, we carefully screen your pet to determine the kind and dosage level of anesthesia necessary. Our screening takes into account whether your pet's liver and kidneys can handle anesthetic.

Not all procedures require general anesthesia, a state of controlled unconsciousness for your pet. This begins with a pre-anesthetic sedative to reduce your pet's anxiety. We then place an intravenous catheter for administration of fluids and medicines.

We also insert an endotracheal tube for application of anesthetic gas and to keep your pet oxygenated. Not all anesthetics are gases. Sometimes we give an intravenous injection or combine both an injection with gas inhalation. Most healthy pets do not have problems with the overall process.

Before, during and after anesthesia we monitor vital signs to protect against surgical complications. This may include electrocardiography monitoring heart action, pulse oximetry measuring blood oxygen and temperature taking combined with application of warming blankets to avoid hypothermia.

Recovery Time Prior to Going Home

Your pet will rest in a quiet, semi-dark kennel following surgery and while awakening from anesthesia. We make sure that they are kept warm. Once your pet is awake enough to swallow correctly, we remove the endotracheal tube.

Our Comprehensive Care for Pets of Baltimore, Nottingham, Parkville and Carney

Fullerton Animal Hospital offers comprehensive care for your pet. We have six veterinarians on staff. All are capable, compassionate and ready to listen to your needs and concerns.

If you are new to our pet care center, we recommend maintaining a regular schedule of wellness exams to keep your pets the healthiest and happiest they can be and to help them become comfortable in our care. For an appointment, please contact us by email or call us today at (410) 665-6996.