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Your pet may need deep sedation or anesthesia for various reasons. This has been recommended either to eliminate any pain that your pet could experience orto eliminate any movement that would prevent the doctor from being able to adequately perform the treatment.

Even when we ourselves are confronted with the need for anesthesia there isalways the fear that the risk is high or that we will not wake up from the procedure. These fears are real even thought the risk is not nearly as great as we think that it is. This is not to say that there is not some risk but with modern techniques now available, these risk factors are minimal. If problems were to occur they mightinclude:

  • a) respiratory (breathing) problems
  • b) heart irregularities
  • c) reactions to the drug

Our hospital has safely anesthetized over 1000 pets a year without problems.

Your pet should have a complete physical examination and be in the best possible general health. This includes a good diet and being free of worms and other internal parasites. We will make any and all recommendations to you regarding any tests or treatment for your pet before any anesthesia is administered.

We strongly recommend that if your pet has had any major illness, is over 7 years old, or if you are concerned about anesthesia, that a blood test be taken to assurenormal functioning of the internal organs. This helps the doctor minimize any risk.

==> After anesthesia, we require that your pet be fully awake before going home.
       However, sometimes the pet may be slightly sedate. Be careful to not let the pet fall down the stairs or get into a fight with other pets. Any grogginess usually passes within 24 hours.
  • Thursday, 22 May 2014


Contact Info

The Animal Hospital of Billings

We are located at 1110 Main St, Billings, MT 59105
Phone is:  (406) 245-6131
We are open on the following days and hours:
Monday through Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Saturdays 8:00am to 12:00 noon