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What is Multi-modal Anesthesia? There are many drugs used in providing anesthesia. These drugs have both good and bad effects. Bad effects are more likely to be seen when higher doses of the medications are used. The concept of multimodal anesthesia involves using multiple drugs to provide anesthesia. The idea is that when multiple drugs are used at the same time, smaller amounts of each drug can be used while still providing excellent anesthesia and pain control. This helps to avoid or minimize the potential bad effects that can be caused by the use of larger doses of individual drugs.
Multi-modal Anesthesia involves:
Dr Vaughan spends a lot of time reviewing anesthetic protocols and ways to monitor anesthesia so that he can provide the safest anesthesia for your pet!
Patient Monitoring and Support During Anesthesia
We have Veterinary Nurses in the surgery room when your pet is under anesthesia. They are constantly monitoring your pet while under anesthesia in addition to the electrical monitoring what we use.
Â· EKG/Electrocardiogram - this monitors the electrical patterns of the heart.
Â· Blood Pressure - Hypotension (low blood pressure) is a serious problem that can lead to damage of major organs like the kidneys.
Â· Pulse Oximetry - This measures oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
Â· End Tidal CO2 - monitoring allows exhaled CO2 to be measured non-invasively.
We place IV catheters in all of our surgeries for 3 reasons; to allow immediate access to a vein for emergency drugs if needed, to allow us to run intravenous fluids to help support blood pressure and for CRI/Constant Rate Infusion of pain medications.
Small amounts of pain medications are added to the IV fluids and infused at a constant rate to provide a constant level of pain control.
SPAYING AND NEUTERING YOUR DOG
Unless you have a purebred dog that you are planning to breed, your puppy should be spayed or neutered. There are many reasons why veterinarians encourage spaying and neutering your pets.
Spaying and Neutering your pets:
Ã¼ greatly reduces the risk of prostate problems in males and breast cancer in females.
Ã¼ avoids certain health risks including pyometra (a life threatening infection in females).
Ã¼ makes a calmer and gentler pet.
Ã¼ reduces the risk of your pet being hit by a car, because he/she has less desire to run away or roam in search of a mate.
Ã¼ makes him/her easier to train because he/she will concentrate more on you and be less likely to fight with other dogs.
FYI *** Millions of puppies and dogs, many of which are purebred, are euthanized each year because there are not enough homes for all unwanted pets.***