The anesthetic patient
experience might be looked at in three segments. There is stress and
anxiety associated with being away from home in a strange
environment. There is pain associated with blood draws, catheter
placements, and surgical procedures. And there is the foundational
issue of patient safety: to survive the event without any negative
Stress and anxiety can be moderated by sedative
medications. Pain relief is tightly bonded to this issue too as pain
increases patient stress and anxiety. Patient comfort requires
proper use of analgesic medications.
The videos included on this website are intended to
create some understanding of how various drugs and combinations
impact both feline and canine patients. Of particular note is the
significant impact of (dex)medetomidine combinations at doses that are a
small fraction of the box label dose.