The main aspect of this field of veterinary medicine is the control and relief of pain.
All of our patients undergoing any form of surgical procedure are anaesthetised, intubated and the anaesthesia is maintained with an inhalation gas (isoflurane) and oxygen. On some occasions, patients undergoing imaging (i.e.: X-rays) will also require general anaesthetic. This form of anaesthesia is the safest method for our animal patients (as it is in humans) during which we are able to monitor the patient’s depth of anaesthesia precisely and act promptly in case we need to. Very important thing which we pay particular attention to is an adequate patient preparation before general anaesthetic; all the anaesthetic and analgesic drugs are individually selected and prepared for each patient. In some instances, we also inject some analgesics locally (=local anaesthesia) which is complementary to the general (=inhalation) anaesthetic.
During the general anaesthesia, one of our members of staff monitors the anaesthesia by checking the heart, respiration rate, oxygen saturation and carbon oxide concentration, as well as checking the patient’s temperature, blood pressure and peripheral pulses.