Are you concerned about the anaesthetics we will use on your pet?

We give this information sheet to all pet owners
before their pet is given general anaesthesia.

To make the procedure safer we recommend
intravenous fluids and a pre-anesthetic blood profile.

At Cranbrook Veterinary Hospital we take special care to ensure stress-free, comfortable and safe anaesthesia for your pet. To achieve these goals, we provide the following for all animals undergoing general anaesthesia.

Pre-anesthetic exam:

Every animal receives a complete physical exam before anaesthesia. Our veterinarian gives special attention to the heart condition and respiratory systems. Having a full picture of your pet’s health ensures the safest possible anaesthesia and reduces complications.

Blood Profile – option

In addition to the physical exam, we recommend that we test a complete a blood profile. Our veterinarians prefer that we do bloodwork testing a few days before giving anaesthesia and intravenous fluids given during the procedure. Testing your pet’s blood before anaesthesia may indicate abnormalities that are not evident during a physical exam.

Intravenous-Fluids- option

We also recommend to our clients the IV-Fluids option of having our technicians administer IV-Fluids (given intravenously), making it a safer for the pet under anaesthesia. IV-Fluids help maintains blood pressure and blood flow to the kidneys. Also, fluids retain hydration during surgery. It also allows for an intravenous access to administer medications, or analgesic (pain drugs).


We realize that being in the hospital can be a stressful time for your pet. We give sedation to all pets undergoing anaesthesia. Sedation relaxes the patient and lowers the amount of general anaesthetic required making the overall procedure safer.

Patient monitoring during anesthesia:

We use very safe anaesthetics. During surgery, there is a veterinary technician in the operating room monitoring the patient and helping the doctor as the need arises. As well, we use respiratory, heart and blood pressure monitoring equipment which tells us how our patients are doing while under anaesthetic and gives us early warning of potential problems.

Hospitalization on Recovery:

Anaesthesia lowers body temperature. Following surgery, our staff place pets in clean cages with warmed blankets, hot water heating systems (with extra heat supplied). Your pet is monitored before, during and after surgery by our hospital staff and doctors.

Analgesic Injections (pain-relief injections):

All pets undergoing anaesthesia in our hospital are given analgesic injections. Animals who receive pain relief recover much faster than those who do not. Management of your pet’s pain also reduces stress and improves healing. In recent years, medical research indicates the importance of pain management for our pets.

Client Lounges:

To help reduce stress for both you and your pet, we offer two comfortable client lounges where you can visit with your pet while in the hospital.