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Pet Anesthesia with Our Hayward Veterinarian

Any time that your pet needs to have a surgical procedure can be a scary time for a pet owner. You may be wondering why your pet needs anesthesia and how it is administered. Of course, you want to make sure that your pet receives top-notch surgical care. Our Hayward veterinarian at Caring Animal Hospital will ensure that your furry friend gets the best care possible. Whether you're bringing your pet in for a life-saving surgery or a routine procedure, our veterinarian will treat your pet with the same care he treats his own animals.

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Why A Pet Might Need Anesthesia

There are many reasons why a pet might need anesthesia, such as routine or emergency surgical procedures, dental cleanings, diagnostic imaging, or spaying/neutering. Before your pet's procedure, our veterinarian will talk to you about why anesthesia is necessary, as well as discuss any risks involved. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. It's normal to be curious about how pet anesthesia works, especially if this is your pet's first surgical procedure.

The Importance of Pet Anesthesia

Pet anesthesia blocks the nerves that send pain signals to the brain, allowing your pet to blissfully sleep through a surgical procedure. This is important for your pet, as you want them to have the most comfortable experience possible. Anesthesia also ensures their safety, as many procedures require sharp objects. Anesthesia ensures that your pet will remain perfectly still for the entire procedure. This stillness allows our veterinarian to have total focus on the task at hand. 

How Pet Anesthesia Is Administered

For most procedures, anesthetic medicine is administered intravenously through an IV catheter on your pet's front leg. Usually, a sedative medicine is given before the actual anesthesia to help your pet relax, as they are in unfamiliar surroundings with unfamiliar people. After your pet is comfortable resting under IV anesthesia, our veterinarian may also administer gaseous anesthesia. Before your pet wakes up, our veterinarian may also administer pain medication to help your pet through the recovery process. After your pet's procedure is complete, they will stop receiving anesthesia, and they will wake up in a semi-dark, relaxing environment, which will allow them to gently adjust to being awake.

Contact Our Veterinarian in Hayward, CA to Schedule an Appointment Today

If your pet is in need of a procedure that may require pet anesthesia, it makes sense that you only want them under the care of a caring, experienced veterinarian. At Caring Animal Hospital, we'll treat your pet with the utmost respect and compassion. Call us at 510-537-1788 to schedule an appointment.

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