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Anesthesiology is an important tool that can be used for several procedures in a veterinarian's office. Our veterinarians work on a variety of animals, not just cats and dogs. Yarmouth Veterinary Center welcomes birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, amphibians, and fish. Animals are much like humans in that their personalities will determine how they respond to an illness or injury. While some are extremely trusting when a caretaker or veterinarian begins to care for them when they have been injured or are ill, others tend to be very fearful and lash out or try to bite. Anesthesia can be used to relax and calm the animal enough so that they can be properly cared for without further injuring themselves or others.
Veterinarians use anesthesiology for several reasons. The most common use is during surgical procedures, such as spaying and neutering pets. In some cases, accidents that lead to major injuries may require some degree of surgery. Putting the animal completely under allows the doctor to do what needs to be done to save its life and begin the healing process.
For larger animals, our veterinarians may use a milder form or local anesthetic. The animal does not have to be put completely under, but will be sedated enough that our veterinarians will be able to perform the procedure without fear of the animal acting up or lashing out at them in pain or discomfort. Anesthesiology can be used to varying degrees ranging from mild sedation to unconscious.
Depending on the type of anesthesia being used, the animal will relax and fall into a deep sleep. If a surgical procedure is going to be performed, our veterinarians will administer enough of the medication to put the animal into a deep sleep. While the rest of the body still functions normally (but at a slightly slower rate), our veterinarians can create an incision and make any repairs that may be necessary. Once the procedure is completed, the animal is allowed to gradually wake up.
For local anesthesia, the process is similar only the animal is not put into a complete sleep state. Instead, enough anesthesia is administered so that the animal is completely relaxed. The animal will still be awake, but less able to respond in a violent manner if they become agitated or upset. Local anesthesia is often used for superficial injuries that require stitches or bandaging.
If you have a pet that is experiencing a medical emergency, call our offices today. We not only offer services to Yarmouth, but also Cumberland, Brunswick, Falmouth, Freeport, Portland, and Pownal, ME. Visit our website or call our Yarmouth office today at (207) 846-6515. Our staff members will explain the benefits of using anesthesia when treating certain injuries and illnesses. As medical professionals, your animal's health is important to us and we will do everything possible to ensure their comfort.
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