Anesthesia is necessary for animal patients undergoing surgery and other medical procedures such as endoscopy, imaging (CT and MRI) and radiation therapy. The doctors and staff of the Anesthesia Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals know that each patient is unique. Age, breed, health and personality are all factors that must be evaluated in order to do the best anesthesia possible, and so each patient gets an individualized plan that incorporates both the latest research and our many years of experience.

Our Experts

Our staff includes board-certified specialists in anesthesia who review each patient's needs and supervise all aspects of anesthesia. Veterinary technician specialists (VTS), interns, residents and veterinary students also monitor and care for anesthetized patients. At the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, we have more VTS than any other veterinary hospital in the United States!


Monitoring and support are important features of anesthesia too. The Foster Hospital for Small Animals uses state-of-the-art equipment to measure heart and lung function, intravenous fluids and maintain normal body temperature using the same equipment that is used for humans during anesthesia. And when a critical patient is in our hands, we assemble a team to provide vital support.


Our anesthesiologists at the Foster Hospital are nationally recognized for their expertise in preventing and treating pain. We combine the most gentle handling, the most expert monitoring, and superlative pain and anxiety control to deliver the best anesthesia care possible for your pet.

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  • Emergencies: 508-887-4623

Nerve stimulation-guided local and regional anesthesia/analgesia

  • Femoral/sciatic nerve blocks
  • Brachial plexus block
  • Dental nerve blocks

Local and regional anesthesia/analgesia

  • Epidural injections and catheters
  • Intercostal blocks
  • Wound soaker catheters
  • Sedation for minor procedures in high-risk patients
  • Total intravenous anesthesia of selected cases
  • One lung ventilation
  • Management of difficult airways – pharyngostomy tubes, laryngeal mask airways, fiberoptic assisted intubation
  • Mechanical ventilation, muscle relaxants
  • Blood component therapy
  • Metabolic indices in critical patients, e.g. colloid oncotic pressure, TEG

Advanced monitoring

  • End tidal agent
  • Arterial blood pressure
  • Arterial blood gases
  • Capnography
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    To make an appointment please call the Foster Hospital for Small Animals appointment desk at (508) 839-5395.

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