The Animal Medical Center of New England is committed to providing in-depth monitoring for the purpose of relieving pain, and providing a safe and comfortable environment for your pet while under anesthesia. Our highly trained staff uses the safest and most advanced anesthetic techniques and monitoring to provide our patients with balanced anesthesia.
What is balanced anesthesia?
Balanced anesthesia is defined as using a combination of anesthetic agents to minimize patient risk by reducing potential side affects, reducing stress, and minimizing pain. All patients requiring anesthesia, must have an up-to-date physical and pre-anesthetic examination. During this examination, a complete history of your pets’ conditions will be obtained. We will assess your pets’ vital signs (temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure). Your pet will also have blood work if none has been completed within the last 30 days. The information we gather will allow us to customize the best anesthetic protocol for your pets’ specific needs.
Your pet’s anesthetic experience is approached in three segments:
- Eliminating stress and anxiety associated with being away from home and in a strange environment
- Eliminating pain from injury or surgery
- Maintaining optimal comfort and safety
Your pet’s health and safety is more than simple survival; your pet is closely monitored from admittance through recovery. We provide extensive supportive measures and in-depth monitoring to detect and correct any problematic trends that may arise.
- Respiratory Conditions (patients requiring the usage of a ventilator)
- Cardiac Conditions
- Neonate Anesthesia
- Geriatric Anesthesia
- Compromised patients requiring dental procedures
- Emergency procedures
- Routine soft tissue and orthopedic procedures
Advanced Monitoring Equipment
Maintaining your pets’ healthy and safety is our primary goal. You pet is closely monitored from induction through recovery. We provide extensive supportive measures and in-depth monitoring to immediately detect and correct any anesthetic complications that may arise. We offer a wide variety of anesthetic protocols tailored to your pet’s individual needs. A thorough physical examination and pre-anesthetic blood testing give us a complete picture of your pet’s health prior to surgery. With this information, we can design an anesthetic regime specific to your pet’s condition. Most patients receive isoflurane (gas anesthesia) and all are continually monitored during surgery using:
- Pulse oximetry (oxygen levels)
- ECG (electrocardiogram for heart rate and rhythm)
- End-tidal CO2 capnography (carbon dioxide levels)
- Oscillometric and/or doppler blood pressure detection
- Rectal or esophogeal thermometers (body temperature)
An anesthesia ventilator is available for optimal control and monitoring of respiration if needed. Our central system for oxygen and evacuation gives our certified technicians the opportunity to focus directly on the patient for visual and tactile monitoring of the patient’s progress.