VCA Veterinary Hospital of Leon Springs

Anesthesia

Our hospital offers a variety of anesthesia services for your pet!

Occasionally, your pet may have a procedure recommended by the doctor which would require him or her to be placed under anesthesia. The term ‘anesthesia’ indicates the use of medication to block sensation – typically resulting in unconsciousness.

Anesthesia is induced through using a variety of medications, some of which are injectable – while others are simply inhaled. It is generally used for procedures which require the patient to be unconscious, such as surgery, some imaging procedures like xrays and ultrasounds, and some medical procedures.

Whenever any patient is scheduled for undergo anesthesia, it is important to preform a preoperative blood work panel. This blood test will check several different aspects of your pet’s health, to ensure that they are healthy enough to undergo the anesthesia required for the procedure.

Some of the things the blood work panel will test for include:

  • A CBC (Complete Blood Count), which will check for any underlying, hidden infections.
  • Clotting Times, which will ensure that it is safe to cut into your pet’s body.
  • Liver and Kidney functions, since these are the primary organs through which the anesthesia will be processed.
     

Pets who are to go under anesthesia are typically pre-medicated with an injectable sedative drug. This allows the pet to relax so that full anesthesia can be induced more smoothly and safely. Following this pre-medication, the patient receives an intravenous injection medication to cause the loss of consciousness. Once this is successfully achieved, a tube is placed into the upper airway through which gas anesthesia is administered throughout the procedure to help keep the patient comfortably anesthetized.

While under anesthesia, the patient is monitored in much the same way a human undergoing the same anesthesia would be. This monitoring includes listening to the heart and lungs, visually assessing the reflexes and the use of technical equipment to monitor the pet’s blood pressure, level of blood oxygen and temperature. Oftentimes, an ECG machine is also used to monitor patients under anesthesia. Trained technicians assist the veterinarians to ensure that the procedures go smoothly.

If you have any questions or concerns about anesthesia and your pet, feel free to ask one of our doctors or veterinary technicians at your next appointment!

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:

 

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency during normal business hours (M-F 7:30am - 7:00pm) please call us at 210-698-1043.

 

Should you have an after-hours emergency, please contact either of these pet emergency hospitals:

 

Mission Pet Emergency -

Located at: 8202 N Loop 1604 West, San Antonio Texas, 78249

Phone: 210-691-0900

 

Emergency Pet Center -

Located at: 503 E. Sonterra Blvd., San Antonio Texas, 78258

Phone: 210-404-2873

 

If you feel that your pet has potentially ingested a toxin, please contact either one of the above listed pet emergency centers, or the pet poison helpline. 

Online at: http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com

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For a list of current pet food recall alerts, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association's website at

https://www.avma.org/News/Issues/recalls-alerts/Pages/pet-food-safety-recalls-alerts.aspx

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