Anesthesia

Each patient has pre-operative blood and urine testing and, if indicated, radiographs. Then an individualized anesthetic protocol is set up for each patient.

We are very proactive with pain control.  All patients receive preanesthetic analgesics and sedatives, have catheters placed, and receive fluids. Many receive continuous intravenous infusions of opiods and morphine epidurals. All receive local anesthetic.

Most patients are intubated and maintained on gas anesthesia. All patients are closely monitored throughout surgical preparation, surgery itself, and post-op recovery.
We monitor pulse, respiration, temperature, EKG, blood pressure, CO2 and O2 levels. In addition, all patients are monitored visually — blink reflex, jaw tone, strength of pulse.

Following surgery, all patients receive a series of post-operative injections for pain and anxiety and go home from the hospital with oral pain medication.

“We feel privileged to have Micah in your capable and caring hands. We look forward to a long, long, long, healthy life with Micah.”

Maggie and Elizabeth, Northampton

“Thank you for providing Gus with excellent service and attention over the past year. All of you have been extremely kind, patient and knowledgeable. Truly appreciated!”

Cori, West Springfield

“The love and support you all give to not only the animals but their people is truly remarkable.”

Tiffany and Billie Lee, Montague

“Dr. Thomson is the Dustin Pedroia of veterinary medicine — determined, committed, talented, the ultimate teammate in what has been a very long season. Thank you for all you have done to help Tilly (and us) along this long and bumpy journey.”

MJ and Anne, Sunderland

“Thank you for giving our special little guy, Mr. Stubbs, another 50,000 miles.”

Bob and Polly, Somers, CT