Pet Anesthesia

At Forsyth Veterinary Hospital, our Winston-Salem veterinarian takes great pride in the wide range of health and wellness services we provide to pets in the surrounding areas. From comprehensive health and wellness exams to more involved procedures and surgeries, our team serves your pet with the highest standard of care.

If you’ve recently been referred to us for a pet surgery or similar procedure, we will recommend your pet to be placed under either local or general anesthesia.

Benefits of Pet Anesthesia

The purpose of anesthesia is to keep your pet as comfortable and relaxed as possible during a medical procedure in our office. This, in turn, allows our veterinary team to work on your pet with the precision and care required, especially during a major procedure such as a surgery. Anesthesia also ensures that your pet doesn’t experience any pain during a procedure.

Pet Anesthesia: What You Should Know

There are two types of pet anesthesia: local and general. Local anesthesia will numb a targeted area of a pet’s body while the pet retains full consciousness and awareness. Most often, however, we recommend general anesthesia for pets, which allows us to temporarily sedate a pet so he or she is “asleep” through the entire procedure.

Both types of anesthesia are administered using an injection. Prior to putting your pet under anesthesia, however, we will want to perform some blood work and possibly other labs. This is done in the days or weeks leading up to your pet’s appointment and helps us ensure that anesthesia is a safe option for your pet. This lab work also helps us to determine the necessary dosage for your pet and his or her specific procedure being performed.

It is not uncommon for pet owners to experience some ambivalence or uncertainty about their pet going under anesthesia. While it’s true that there are potential risks with any anesthetic, our veterinary team takes all the necessary precautions to keep things as safe for your pet as possible. This includes carefully monitoring your pet’s vital signs before, during, and after your pet’s procedure. In most cases, pets come out of anesthesia shortly after their procedures and experience no serious side effects at all. The most common side effect that pet owners may notice is a little bit of lethargy, which usually resolves within 12-24 hours.

Contact Our Winston-Salem Veterinarian Today

If your pet is in need of a procedure and you’re interested in learning more about our pet anesthesia services, or if you simply need to schedule a care appointment with our Winston-Salem veterinarian, give us a call today at 336-765-1225. We’re here to help!