In our AAHA-certified animal hospital, we use only inhalent gas anesthetics that are safe, namely Sevoflurane and Isoflurane. These two anesthetics are the most modern ones and are very popular in human hospitals. If you have undergone any surgical procedures at a human hospital, they likely would have used one of the anesthetics that we use on our pet patients. Remember, in addition to anesthetizing dogs and cats, we also work on tiny pets like hamsters, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, and more.
You love your pet and want the best, safe anesthetic agent.
Surgery produces anxiety for you and your pet.
We cares about your pet's health and safety and want you to feel comfortable about your pet's anesthesia and surgery.
What really happens when anesthesia is given?
Anesthesia works by slowing body functions, relaxing muscles and blocking pain. Routine surgeries in veterinary medicine are performed using injectable or inhalation anesthetics. Injectable anesthetics travel directly through the bloodstream to the brain to put your pet into a deep sleep. Inhalation anesthetics are gases that are inhaled into the lungs, absorbed into the blood stream and then travel to the brain.
Injectable anesthetics are primarily processed through the liver and kidneys.
This typically leads to longer recovery periods and potential after effects such as lethargy, irritability or excessive salivation.
Inhalation anesthetics enter and leave the body rapidly with little processing through the kidneys or liver.
With anesthesia machines, veterinarians can control the uptake and elimination of inhalation anesthetics more easily. Better control makes inhalation anesthesia a very safe choice.
Sevoflurane, the active ingredient in SevoFlo, has been used in human medicine since 1995 (especially pediatrics).
Sevoflurane enters and exits the body very rapidly. This gives your veterinarian good control during the surgical procedure, assuring a high degree of safety for your dog. Thanks to this speed, SevoFlo allows your pet to return to a normal awake-state and home with you sooner as well.
Will my pet even know if he gets SevoFlo?
Unlike many other inhalation anesthetics, which have a pungent or irritating odor, SevoFlo smells sweet - similar to fruit-flavored chewing gum. Because of the agreeable smell, your pet is less likely to resist breathing in the anesthetic and will fall asleep quickly and with minimal stress. When the medical procedure is complete, your pet will usually begin waking up within a few minutes.
Is SevoFlo expensive?
SevoFlo is a more modern and advanced anesthetic, and will add to the total cost of the surgical procedure compared with injectable or other inhalation anesthetics.
Is SevoFlo safe if my pet is old or overweight or has some other complication?
Any anesthetic agent carries some risk. Due to the high level of control SevoFlo affords your veterinarian, risk for any pet is minimized. SevoFlo can be adjusted for geriatric or debilitated pets easily and rapidly.
What can I do to assure my pet's safety & rapid recovery from surgery?
Discuss in detail with our Doctor your pet's pre-surgery condition, including any health factors you feel put your pet at risk.
Stress is a factor before and after surgery. Help your pet remain calm by talking softly, rewarding desired behavior, and staying calm yourself.
Follow our instructions carefully before and after surgery.
Ask us about using SevoFlo for your pet's surgery.