Sedating my dog
When I use them to remove superficial tumors I combine these agents with epinephrine which decreases hemorrhage during surgery.When I use local anesthetics, I tranquilize the pets so they are not terrified during surgery.Many times, I have forgone anesthesia in a pet when I was dissatisfied with the results of my physical exam.Veterinarians that have worked in the Profession for as long as I have, usually develope the ability to sense the general health of the animal they are examining.When your pet is scheduled to undergo a surgical procedure your first thought may be of the risks of anesthesia.This is perfectly natural – the risks of general anesthesia are usually greater than that of the surgery itself.Various anesthetics are administered in one of four ways.
Because it is common for pets to not sit still or become terrified in the animal hospital, We use general anesthetics more frequently than a human physician would.
Injected systemic and inhaled anesthetics move through the blood stream to the brain where they render the pet unconscious or insensitive to pain.
Anesthetics that are injected near nerves block the sensation of pain distant to the point of injection.
Barbiturates such as sodium pentobarbital were used many years ago as general anesthetics in the United States and are still used in part of the World.
Although they are powerful anesthetics they are also dangerous because once given they could not be reversed or removed quickly from the body. The only drugs of this class still in use are thiamylal and pentothal which are ultra-short acting anesthetics used to place an endotracheal tube in your pet prior to administering maintenance gas anesthetics.