Cornell University Hospital for Animals


Hospital Services

Request a Consultation

Call 607-253-3100 to request a consultation with a board-certified anesthesiologist.

What to Expect During Anesthesia

If your horse is going to be anesthetized, you can help by carefully following any instructions given by your veterinarian and hospital staff before bringing your horse to the hospital. The day of the procedure, you will be asked about any serious illness, or previous problems with anesthesia that may affect the procedure. Before anesthesia, the anesthetist will review your horse'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, will use equipment to monitor the horse's heartbeat, blood pressure, oxygen levels and other vital signs. When the procedure is finished, your horse will be moved to a recovery room where will be closely observed and assisted if needed until complete recovery.