Cornell University Hospital for Animals


Hospital Services
Companion Animal

Request a Consultation

Call 607-253-3060 to request a consultation with a board-certified anesthesiologist.

What to Expect During Anesthesia

If your pet is going to be anesthetized, you can help by carefully following any instructions given by your veterinarian and hospital staff before brining your pet to the hospital. The day of the procedure, you will be asked about any known allergies to medications, serious illness, or previous problems with anesthesia. Before anesthesia, the anesthetist will review your pet's record and provide a thorough physical examination to detect any conditions that may need to be optimized before anesthesia is considered.

Anesthesia will be supervised and overseen by a veterinary anesthesiologist. During the procedure, the anesthesia team, which includes residents and technician anesthetists, will use equipment to monitor the animal's heartbeat, blood pressure, oxygen levels and other vital signs. When the procedure is finished, your pet will be moved to a recovery room for monitoring. Medications will continue to be administered to assist in recovery.

Your pet many have several areas that have been clipped of hair to allow us to place catheters, attach monitoring devices, carry out epidural injections and nerve blocks. There may also be small patches of dried adhesive used to fix the catheters in place. The hair will grow back slowly and the adhesive will rub off.