Pet Anesthesia

There are certain times when your pet will need to receive anesthesia at our animal hospital for us to treat him without stress or pain. Typically, he will be sedated to undergo spaying or neutering, require any other type of invasive pet surgery, or have his teeth cleaned. Our staff at South Side Animal Clinic are trained to administer anesthesia and monitor pets throughout the procedure. We serve Rolla, MO, and the surrounding areas. 

Pet Anethesia

Owner Preparation Before & After Pet Surgery at Our Animal Hospital

Anesthesia care begins at home. Owners need to make note of any symptoms and behaviors their pet is exhibiting the day of the procedure. A few questions our staff may ask you include:

    • What is your pet’s energy level?
    • Have there been any breathing changes, sneezing or coughing?
    • Is your pet vomiting?
    • How is the pet’s appetite?
    • What medication does the pet consume?
    • Have they eaten or drunk water today?

After your pet gets anesthesia, there are a few things to be prepared for. Some anesthetic medications can last up to for sometime after the procedure. He might seem groggy, confused, and sleep more than usual. He may be less coordinated, whine and lack coordination.

You may be asked to not feed your pet before the procedure. This is because it can be dangerous to do a procedure on a pet if he has food in his stomach.

Pet Anesthesia Procedures

General anesthesia renders your pet unconscious so he won’t move or feel pain. Your pet will receive skilled monitoring and care while he goes under. Depending on the situation, pets may receive other types of medication after the procedure to help dull the pain.

Things to Be Aware of after Pet Surgery

After your pet surgery is complete, animals may act a bit differently for a day or two. They should ideally stay calm rather than jumping around, climbing stairs, or taking long walks to prevent injuring the surgical site, depending on the type of procedure he went under.

It may also be a good idea to not wash the surgical site until sometime after the surgery. This is to help prevent infection. Be sure to give your pet any medications that our veterinarian proscribes him.

Get Pet Surgery from Our Veterinarian at Our Animal Hospital in Rolla, MO

From routine checkups, spaying and neutering to dental cleanings, we at South Side Animal Clinic have you covered. Dr. Jessica Wodohodsky and her veterinarian team can be reached at (573) 426-3647 or (573) 528-7032.