VCA Stoney Creek Animal Hospital

Anesthesia

Our hospital offers a variety of anesthesia services for your pet. The term anesthesia indicates the use of medication to block sensation, typically resulting in unconsciousness. Anesthesia is induced using a variety of medications, both injectable and inhaled. It is used for procedures that require an unconscious animal, such as surgery, certain imaging studies (e.g., x-rays, MRI, CT scans) or medical procedures (e.g., endoscopy).

Pets undergoing anesthesia are typically pre-medicated with an injectable drug. This pre-medication helps the pet relax so that full anesthesia can be induced more smoothly and safely. Next, the pet receives intravenous medication to cause loss of consciousness. A tube is then placed into the pet's upper airway, and gas anesthesia keeps the pet comfortably anesthetized during the course of the procedure.

While a patient is under anesthesia, he or she will be monitored in much the same way as a human undergoing anesthesia would be. This monitoring includes listening to your pet's heart and lungs, visually assessing your pet's reflexes, and using equipment to monitor your pet's blood pressure, level of blood oxygen, and temperature. Your pet will also likely be monitored using an ECG machine. Trained technicians act alongside veterinarians to ensure that your pet's procedure goes smoothly. 

There are several forms of gas anesthesia available. A newer gas, called Sevoflurane, allows very precise control of a pet's anesthesia level. Since it leaves the bloodstream very quickly, pets often experience a very quick recovery. Ask your veterinarian if our hospital currently offers sevoflurane gas anesthesia and if it may be right for your pet.

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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.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us. If it is outside of normal business hours, please contact any of the emergency clinics below:

VCA Northwood Veterinary Hospital
3255 North St. Rd. 9
Anderson, IN
P: 765-649-5218
www.vcanorthwood.com

VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center
7712 Crosspoint Commons
Fishers, IN
P: 317-578-4100
www.VCAAVCC.com

Circle City Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital
9650 Mayflower Park Drive
Carmel, IN
P: 317-872-8387
www.circlecityvets.com

Noah's Animal Hospital and 24 Hour Emergency Center
5510 Millersville Rd.
Indianapolis, IN
P: 317-253-1327
www.noahshospital.com

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