Anesthesia is necessary not only to keep your pet from moving during the procedure, but it is key in providing pain management.
Paris Veterinary Associates uses a multi-modal analgesic-anesthetic approach. In plain English this means we use many different medications applied many different routes to provide your pet with the safest, stress free and pain free experience. Many of the medications we administer must be converted to their active, effective form AND also converted to an inactive form AND then be eliminated from the body. While the liver and kidney's are the two main organs responsible for all this work there are many conditions not apparent during a physical exam that can interfere with this process, thus we highly encourage preanesthetic bloodwork.
Anesthesia is like walking a tightrope between life and death. Over 99% of patients undergoing anesthesia never experience any problems and that's because we know what is going on inside and out.
A common misconception is that anesthesia is like sleeping. The reality is that anesthesia is like running a marathon. We are trying dim our patients brains without clicking them off (ie we are trying to not kill them but we are certainly getting closer).
If you have ever messed with an old rotary light dimmer you know that each one behaves a little bit different, and sometimes the exact same dimmer switch can behave differently. Some of them you can dim the lights quite a bit and the lights never flicker. Smooth and predictable operation. Some of the switches are a bit unpredictable . As the lights begin dim you may think you have a long way to go to keep dimming the light, but they suddenly turn off.
This is the same thing with anesthesia. We want to dim their brain down, but want to know the predictability of the brain "switch" to know if it might want to suddenly shut off.
Think about how much time and money you have already invested into your pet. Think about how much time you spent just picking your pet out from a group of pets, or how far you drove to go get them. It is worth loosing all of that hard earned training? Are you willing to starting all over again from scratch with a new pet with a new personality?
Please read the information provided and schedule your pet's preanesthetic bloodwork 24 hours prior to their procedure.