The Importance of Animal Anesthetics

Everyone loves and cares for their pets and animals. Unfortunately there are times when a pet needs medical attention due to surgery or illness. This can cause great stress to both the pet owner and the pet themselves. These days there are a lot of alternatives that can be taken when having to deal with an animals pain management and veterinary anesthesia for preop through to recovery. There are many reasons an animal may need to be put under anesthesia. These include dentistry, diagnostic imaging, and surgery.

Veterinary anesthesia is a form of anesthesia that is utilized by veterinarians when performing procedures on a wide range of animals including dogs, cats, horse, cattle, pigs, and various other animal species. Due to the animals’ inability to cooperate, the anesthesia can be used for a wider variety of medical issues then would be used with humans. It is used in situations where the animal needs to be immobile and without pain while minimizing the surgical stress. Generally, the same anesthetic agents that are used in humans are used in animals as well. The most notable are propofol and ketamine. Various types of anesthetics are used depending upon the size of the animal. What may work well for a small animal will not necessarily work for a horse.

There are a variety of veterinary anesthesia systems available. These include table, stand, wall mount, and portable anesthesia machines. Modern veterinary equipment is created to provide state of the art treatments that are comprehensive, reliable, and safe. The systems work by providing a controlled amount of oxygen and anesthetic gas through a breathing system. The breathing system also removes CO2 from the exhalations. Generally, 100 percent oxygen is used and acts as the carrier gas for the anesthetic. The anesthesia systems are comprised of various components for the breathing system, anesthetic circuits, oxygen cylinder, pressure regulator, flow meter, vaporizers, flush valves, carbon dioxide absorber, and many other necessary forms of medical equipment. All of these components ensure the safe administration and regulation of anesthesia.

There are many reasons that an animal may need to be put under this form of controlled unconsciousness. It is often a necessary step when an animal needs medical attention while being kept immobile and pain-free. It has been found that most animals, both young and old, do not have many problems or issues while going under anesthesia and that any risks they might encounter actually come from the underlying medical problem itself. Not having the medical procedure done can usually be worse for the animal than taking the risk of administrating anesthesia. There are a variety of steps to be taken before, during, and after anesthesia that helps ensure their safety and comfort. From blood tests and a pre-anesthetic sedative before the procedure to a warm and quiet place to rest with close monitoring after the procedure. Putting a pet under anesthesia using modern medical equipment and the proper anesthesia is a low risk and important role in treating their medical needs.