Advanced Anesthesia and Comprehensive Pain Management

Appropriate anesthesia and pain management are critical to a successful procedure and rapid recovery. We know that you may be concerned about anesthesia and pain management provided during and after your pet’s procedure. At Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists, every pet undergoing surgery receives:

  • A thorough pre-anesthetic evaluation, including appropriate testing and laboratory analyses to better understand patient health before surgery
  • An individualized anesthetic and pain management plan designed to minimize risk of anesthetic complications and to maximize patient comfort
  • A certified veterinary technician (nurse) dedicated exclusively to monitoring each pet’s vital signs and providing support prior to, during, and following anesthesia
  • Intravenous fluids, ventilator support, and intensive monitoring that includes blood pressures, pulse oximetry, expired carbon dioxide concentrations, and ECG (arterial blood gas analysis is also performed as needed)
  • Analgesic therapy before, during and after surgery
  • Advanced anesthesia and pain management techniques, including, when appropriate, epidural anesthetics, constant rate infusions, and local and incisional blocks

We are pleased to be able to partner with Dr. Heidi Shafford of Veterinary Anesthesia Specialists when more specialized or critical procedures may be required. Dr. Shafford can be directly involved in patient care when indicated by findings of our pre-anesthetic evaluation, or by your request. Coordinating patient care to include Dr Shafford’s expertise can be done at the time of surgery consultation.

At Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists, we encourage owners to be involved in maximizing post-operative pain relief for their pets. Pet owner education and follow-up after surgery are integral parts of our practice. Home care is advocated, whenever possible, to reduce patient stress and to aid in recovery from anesthesia and surgery. Our pain treatment recommendations are guided by results of pre- and post-surgical evaluations, the type of procedure performed and severity of pain expected, and your observations about your pet’s behavior. Recommended treatments for pain following surgery may include analgesic and other medications, rest and restricted activity, and physical therapy. Our veterinary nurses receive ongoing training in advanced anesthesia and pain management, and are available to answer any questions you may have during the recovery period.