Pet Anesthesia and Pain Management

Anesthesia is necessary for animal patients undergoing surgical and many medical procedures such as endoscopy, biopsies, and advanced imaging, such as CT and MRI. Each patient is unique in their age, breed, health status, and personality, so it’s important for each patient to be provided an individualized plan that incorporates the latest research in pet anesthesia and pain management.

In-House Anesthesiologist

Our service includes an anesthesiologist, as well as several experienced veterinary technicians. For every patient, Dr. Hopkins is directly supervising, she reviews each patient’s history and provides the proper supervision and administration of pet anesthesia and pain management medication.

State-of-the-Art Monitoring Equipment

VSH uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to evaluate cardiovascular and pulmonary function, utilizes intravenous fluids for maintenance of hydration and cardiovascular support. We provide the most up-to-date preventative and therapeutic pain management for your pet. Our anesthesiologist has expertise in anesthetizing patients with intracranial issues, cardiac disease, endocrine disease, kidney and liver failure, trauma, and much more. Each of these situations affects the patient’s body in different ways requiring different types of pet anesthesia and pain management.

Optimal Post-Operative Pain Management

We are dedicated to minimizing anesthetic risk and providing the patient with the most optimal post-operative pain management through the following efforts:

  • In-hospital anesthetic case supervision/management
  • Anesthesia protocol review and consultation
  • Pre, intra and postoperative pain assessment and management
  • Continuing education for VSH staff, and outside veterinarians and veterinary technicians

Our staff has been highly-trained in the administration of pet anesthesia and pain management – to learn more or to book an appointment, please send us an email or call us directly at (858) 875-7500 (San Diego office) or (760) 466-0600 (North County office).

If you’d like to learn more about how VSH is working to provide the latest advancements in pet anesthesia and pain management, please contact us today or read our blog.


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