Our highly trained doctors use safe anesthesia and minimally invasive surgical techniques to reduce pain and ensure a smooth recovery.


We understand that allowing us to put your pet under anesthesia takes a lot of trust. We know you don’t want anything to happen to your pet under anesthesia. Some people may know somebody whose pet died under anesthesia, so it’s understandable that you may be concerned. Mostly, people want to know if their pet is going to be safe under anesthesia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is anesthesia safe?

It depends on the health of your pet. If your pet is completely healthy, the odds of your pet not making it through anesthesia is less than 0.5%.* 

These are not our numbers, but the result of a study linked below. The risk does increase if your pet is sick, so when we put an animal under anesthesia, we make sure that the pet is as healthy as can be prior to the procedure. We recommend that all pets have a preanesthetic blood panel performed within 2 months of a procedure and if a pet is over 7 years old, it is a requirement. This helps us identify any underlying diseases that may affect your pet’s ability to handle the anesthetics.


Are we trained to administer it?

Our staff is rigorously trained to administer the medications, monitor your pet before during and after the procedure, and how to correct any issues your pet may have while under anesthesia at our practice.

Before the procedure, your dog is weighed and examined by one of our doctors, who makes an individualized anesthetic protocol for your pet. This protocol may include pain medications, sedatives, drugs that relax muscles, and drugs that help the health beat stronger through the procedure. We also select the best medication that will safely put your animal under anesthesia. We always use combinations of drugs in order to decrease the side effects of using large doses of one drug.

What happens under anesthesia?

Once your pet is under anesthesia, one of our nurses watches your pet an only your pet through out the entire procedure.

We monitor the EKG, the percentage of oxygen in the blood, the blood pressure and the temperature with our monitor. We also monitor the heart rate and respirations manually. Your pet will have an IV catheter in place during the procedure and most of the time animals are given fluids intravenously during the procedure. Your pet will have an ET tube to deliver oxygen mixed with an anesthetic to maintain your pet’s anesthesia during the procedure.

What happens after anesthesia?

When we’re done, your pet is monitored closely until he or she is ready to go home, since most deaths occur right after anesthesia is over.

We make sure your pet wakes up comfortably in a safe and warm environment. Pain is controlled through multiple types of pain medication and most of our pets leave the hospital acting like they never went under anesthesia that day.

So is it safe? We use only modern drugs and we’re constantly trying to improve our drug protocols, our patient monitoring and our surgical skills so we can better assist you and your pet as best as we can.