Karie Walton, VMD and Louisa Rahilly, DVM DACVECC

Anesthesia is a necessary component to the practice of modern veterinary medicine and allows life saving procedures to be performed while decreasing pain and the associated physiologic stress response. Anesthesia, itself, is not without risks as anesthetics may have profound effects on the cardiovascular and respiratory system. This is especially true in patients whose bodies are already compensating for an underlying disease process.

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