At Royal York Animal Hospital we take anesthesia and patient monitoring very seriously. We have a Registered Veterinary Technician (equivalent to a human Registered Nurse) constantly monitoring your pets heart and respiratory rates. Along side this we have state of the art medical equipment monitoring pulse and oxygen ratio and blood pressure ready to alert us to any changes to your pets body. The monitoring does not stop when the surgery or procedure is over. The Technician stays with your pet until they are fully recovered. Your pet spends the remainder of its stay in the treatment room under constant watch.
Anesthesia and patient monitoring varies greatly among clinics. If you are calling around to compare hospitals, be sure to question the types of anesthetics used and the protocols for monitoring anesthesia.
Often the more expensive anesthetics are safer to use; however, anesthetics are also chosen for other reasons including their ability to control pain.