Overcoming Fear of Anesthesia

Most of us are anxious about going under anesthesia ourselves, so it’s understandable to be anxious about your pet being anesthetized. Anesthesia for animals has come a long way and is safer than it ever was before, and a well-trained veterinary team further reduces your pet’s risk. We strive to provide the very safest and most stress-free anesthesia experience possible for you and your pets. Our individualized approach to anesthesia and pain control helps achieve our goal of a safe anesthetic experience and speedy recovery. Every patient has an anesthetic plan that has been specifically designed for them based on age, breed, and medical history. In addition, every pet has a dedicated nurse whose sole responsibility is to monitor that pet throughout the anesthetic period. For an additional layer of safety, our team can also work with a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia.)

Anesthesiologist Services Available:


Anesthesia consult includes a thorough review of your pet’s medical history, physical exam findings, and diagnostic test results. Based on this information, the anesthesiologist makes anesthesia protocol recommendations specifically for your pet. The anesthesiologist is also available via phone for support throughout the anesthetic period.


Continious livestream monitoring some patients require more involved participation with an anesthesiologist. The off-site anesthesiologist is able to continuously view the patient monitor in real time and assess the status of your pet during anesthesia (i.e. blood pressure, EKG, ventilation, respiratory rate, pulse, oxygenation, and temperature). Using this real time information, the anesthesiologist continues to make patient management recommendations to the attending nurse anesthetist as indicated throughout your pet’s procedure.

What conditions would benefit the most from anesthesiologist involvement?

  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Addison’s disease
  • History of narrowing or collapsing trachea
  • History of laryngeal paralysis
  • Brachycephalic airways (Pugs, Boston terriers, Bulldogs, etc.)
  • Oral cancer
  • Extensive oral disease requiring an invasive and/or lengthy procedure
  • History of complications under anesthesia
  • Owner’s fear of anesthesia

Request an Appointment

A recent examination and bloodwork are needed for your pet's appointment. If your local veterinarian has this information please request a referral from your local veterinarian. Please have your general vet's office complete the referral form