Sedating animals

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It’s also important to maintain an animal’s normal body temperature, because if the body temp drops, the patient does not metabolize the anesthetics or wake up properly.

Tufts veterinarians use blankets that recirculate warm water, and warm air blows over patients to prevent them from getting cold.

To lessen pre-procedure stress, Tufts patients are given a sedative and a pain reliever before anesthesia is administered.

“If they are too sleepy, they may not be able to breathe.

Once the animal is under, the veterinary team inserts a breathing tube to keep the airway open and to deliver an inhaled anesthetic gas, which will keep the pet unconsciousness during the procedure.

The team also monitors the pet's heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, body temperature, oxygen levels and carbon dioxide output, a key indicator of changes in cardiorespiratory function.

There are, however, side effects associated with this marionette-like control of the nervous system.

When you’re awake, your brain automatically adjusts organ functions to control blood flow and avert such serious complications as dehydration.

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