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Anesthesia, Sedation, & Pain Management

For information about general anesthesia and monitoring your pet while he or she is recovering from surgery, see our fact sheet here.

State-of-the-Art Anesthetic Management for Surgical and Diagnostic Procedures

  • Our board certified veterinary anesthesiologist develops anesthesia protocols and delivers ongoing quality assurance and continuing education for the staff
  • A team of six highly-skilled anesthesia technicians care for your pet, providing gentle low stress handling, sedation, individualized patient management, before anesthesia and into the recovery phase
  • We're knowledgable on the most up-to-date breed-specific concerns, with established protocols for brachycephalic dogs, sighthounds, giant breeds, multidrug resistant (MDR1) breeds, and exotic cats
  • Advanced technology monitoring and support of vital signs
  • For the high risk anesthesia patient, immediate supervision by the anesthesiologist is complimented by transfer to the care of a critical care specialist
  • We work in close collaboration with other TuftsVETS specialties, including ophthalmology, internal medicine, dermatology, radiology and critical care to provide training and support

Sedation for Minor Procedures or to Reduce Stress

  • Individually tailored protocols to achieve radiographs of highest diagnostic quality
  • Patients are monitored continuously until recovery from sedation
  • Once your pet is admitted for a surgical or medical procedure, if they seem distressed, painful or anxious, we help them cope by means of a variety of drugs or techniques that are designed to calm and reduce pain
  • Is your dog or cat anxious about vet visits? Does their fear or painful condition make them prone to struggle during examinations? Call us to discuss the possibility of oral sedatives which can be given to the pet at home prior to traveling to the clinic. We can work with your vet to prescribe these medications. Let us help your pet have a stress-free time at our hospital!

Surgical Pain Management

  • We individually evaluate the need for pain control for all of our patients, generally using multimodal analgesia
  • For complicated pain or severe procedures, we employ a range of specialized options, including:
    • Epidurals
    • Local anesthesia blocks
    • Wound soaker catheters
    • Lidocaine patches
    • Intravenous infusions

Chronic Pain

Dr. Alicia Karas has office hours for chronic pain cases on Thursday afternoons and is available to consult on cases seen by other services by phone or in person. Chronic pain cases may also be referred to her at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University facility on Fridays. She promotes an integrative blend of drug and non-pharmacological techniques for patients. She uses acupuncture, trigger point dry needling, and low level laser, and she refers many canine cases for chiropractic care. Her special interests include palliative care, quality of life counseling, and cognitive dysfunction.

Referring veterinarians are welcome to call to discuss their patients’ needs, be it anesthesia, oral outpatient sedation, inpatient sedation, acute or chronic pain management.

Anesthesia & Pain Management Services at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties
  • Referring Veterinarians
  • Tufts VETS offers many specialty services as an extension of the primary care veterinarian, and we recognize the important role we play in helping you provide optimum medical care for your clients and patients.
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  • Emergency & Critical Care
  • Tufts VETS offers emergency and critical care services and surgeries around the clock for pets requiring immediate surgical intervention.
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