The thought of our pets or ourselves having to undergo anesthesia makes all of us anxious. We all want the safest anesthetic protocol to be used in all cases. Since anesthesia is a necessary part of veterinary care, we at Newport Hills have adopted the philosophy of using anesthetics with minimal side effects, effective pain control, and wide safety margins. In our effort to offer the most recent advances in veterinary medicine, we use Sevoflurane in very small and aged dogs and Isoflurane in cats for induction of anesthesia. These human anesthetics approved for use in pets allow us to avoid using injectable anesthetics in pets that may have a greater sensitivity to them. These anesthetics have prolonged effects and narrower safety margins. The use of Sevoflurane and Isoflurane cuts recovery time dramatically, lessening the time necessary for your pet to remain in the hospital for surgical procedures.
Newport Hills Animal Hospital monitors all anesthetic patients with a pulse oximeter or a CO2 pulse oximeter at no extra charge. A Pulse Oximeter measures oxygen levels in the blood stream and the heart rate. This information is very helpful in monitoring adequate respiration and heart function during anesthesia.