Anesthesia/Pain Management


20151110_104931We understand your concerns regarding an anesthetic procedure for your beloved family member. We utilize the highest standards of care to keep our anesthesia as safe as possible. This includes an individualized anesthetic plan based on your pet’s physical examination, pre-anesthetic laboratory results, and any medical conditions present. We stay current with the safest anesthetic drugs and use balanced protocols.  This means that your pet will receive medications to reduce pain, anxiety and stress to make the procedure as smooth as possible.  Our modern anesthetic monitoring equipment is utilized by a dedicated certified veterinary technician (CVT) to continuously monitor and document your pet’s vital signs. Your pet’s body temperature will be maintained during the procedure and in recovery with both circulating warm water and forced warm air blankets.


A patient comfortably recovers from a dental procedure

Pain is a complicated process in the body that leads to the perception of an unpleasant sensation.  The pain can be acute like during a surgical procedure, but may also be chronic as is seen with osteoarthritis. As the pain response is complex and may involve multiple pathways, often multiple medications are employed to address these different mechanisms. We initiate/administer preemptive pain medications before a procedure to reduce the body’s response to the unpleasant sensation.  Additionally, we employ a multi-modal approach to pain.  This means we combine two or more drugs that work together to block the unpleasant sensation along different points on the pain pathway.  This allows us to reduce the amount of the drugs we have to use, which can reduce potential side effects.   Your pet’s comfort is extremely important to us at Animal Clinic in Sussex.

Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions to resolve any concerns you may have.  We are here to help you to know what options exist for treatment of pain and how to make anesthesia as safe as possible.