If your pet is coming to Penn Vet for diagnostics or procedures that may require sedation or anesthesia, please carefully follow any instructions given by the attending veterinarian, veterinary nurse, or hospital staff. Please advise them of any known allergies to medications, serious illnesses, or complications with previous anesthesia.
The assigned anesthetist reviews your pet's history and performs a physical examination to determine any conditions that may need to be addressed prior to anesthesia. They will then formulate a detailed anesthetic protocol designed specifically for your pet and discuss it with the supervising veterinary anesthesiologist.
During the procedure, the anesthesia team, which may include nurses, residents, interns, or senior clinicians, will use equipment to monitor you pet's heartbeat, respiratory rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels and other parameters.
When the procedure is finished, your pet will be transferred to a recovery area for further monitoring. Medications are administered as needed to assist in your pet’s recovery.
When your pet is discharged, you will notice multiple patches of clipped hair which allow us to perform injections, place catheters, and attach monitoring devices. This hair will grow back over time.
If your pet has any bandages present at the time of discharge, please be sure to discuss their timely removal with the attending veterinarian or veterinary nurse.