Appropriate anesthesia and pain management are critical to a successful procedure and smooth recovery, so at Oregon Veterinary Referral Services, we ensure that our Veterinary Technicians are highly trained in anesthesia and pain management.

At Oregon Veterinary Referral Services, every pet undergoing surgery receives:

  • A thorough pre-anesthetic evaluation, including appropriate testing and laboratory analyses to better understand patient health before surgery

  • An individualized anesthetic and pain management plan designed to minimize risk of anesthetic complications and to maximize patient comfort

  • A Veterinary Technician dedicated exclusively to monitoring each pet’s vital signs and providing support prior to, during and following anesthesia.

  • Intravenous fluids, ventilator support and intensive monitoring that includes blood pressures, pulse oximetry, expired carbon dioxide concentrations, ECG and body temperature (arterial blood gas analysis and arterial blood pressure monitoring is also performed as needed)

  • Analgesic therapy before, during and after surgery

  • Advanced anesthesia and pain management techniques, including, when appropriate, epidural anesthetics, constant rate infusions, and local and incisional blocks

At Oregon Veterinary Referral Services, we encourage owners to be involved in maximizing post-operative pain relief for their pets. Pet owner education and follow-up after surgery are integral parts of our practice. Home care is advocated whenever possible to reduce patient stress and to aid in recovery from anesthesia and surgery.

Our pain treatment recommendations are guided by results of pre- and post-surgical evaluations, the type of procedure performed, severity of pain expected and your observations about your pet’s behavior. Recommended treatments for pain following surgery may include analgesic and other medications, rest and restricted activity, and physical therapy.

Post discharge, you will receive a phone call from our lead surgery technician to check in on your pet’s recovery and answer any questions or concerns you may have.