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.

“The communication, education and attention given to the pet owners before, during and after the surgery is so appreciated by our family.”

Lee Ann, Union, CT

“You guys are truly special people. The world would be a better place if there were more like you.”

Laurie, Conway

“If a picture wasn’t going very well, I’d put a puppy dog in it.”

Norman Rockwell, artist

“Thank you to everyone at Riverbend for your help and support with Electric over the past few years. We feel so fortunate to have such a great vet!”

Ellie, Sunderland

“We are so grateful for all of the hard work you do! Thanks so much for being the best!”

Pete and Luke, Greenfield