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If you're not familiar with the process, having your pet put under anesthesia can be a concern. But it's simply better and safer for your pet to be anesthetized during certain procedures in our office. At Radford Animal Hospital, your pet's health and well-being are our first concerns. We never take the decision to use pet anesthesia lightly, but weigh the concerns and benefits before deciding to proceed.
For pets as well as for humans, anesthesia is a way to create a controlled unconsciousness. During anesthesia in our office, we control your pet's level of consciousness so he doesn't move or feel any pain. Not only is this safer for your pet during certain procedures, but it also minimizes the trauma that pain and fear can cause in any pet. Most healthy pets don't have any problem with anesthesia, and we monitor every pet closely during each procedure to ensure the safest experience possible.
Our veterinarian makes decisions about pet anesthesia on a case-by-case basis. Some of the more common reasons we might use anesthesia on your pet are:
While anesthesia is safe for almost all pets, the risks are higher among certain types of animals. We may still recommend anesthetizing your pet if she falls into one of these classes, but we'll take extra care to avoid side effects.
If you have any concerns about anesthesia or any other veterinary procedure, we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call at (540) 639-3891 and we'll arrange a consultation with our veterinarian.