Anesthesia Small Animal


Anesthesia is necessary for animal patients undergoing surgery and other medical procedures such as endoscopy, imaging and radiation therapy.

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Pets and Anesthesia

Tufts veterinarians offer advice for navigating the procedure, whether the case is risky or routine



Anesthesia Team the “Unsung Heroes” for this Older Pet

Advanced Techniques
Recent Articles

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.


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.

Advanced Techniques

Advanced Techniques

  • 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
Recent Articles

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  • At Your Service: Anesthesia Team
    Often times, pet owners are concerned about sedating their four legged companions. The delivery of anesthesia and pain management is an integral component of the expert care that Foster Hospital offers patients undergoing surgery or other medical procedures. Foster Hospital’s Anesthesia Service offers five board- certified anesthesiologists that are here ... read more
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Our doctors

  • Amanda Abelson

    Amanda Abelson
    Emergency & Critical Care/Anesthesia

  • Cheryl Blaze

    Cheryl Blaze

  • Renata S. Costa

    Renata S. Costa

  • Alicia M. Karas

    Alicia M. Karas
    Anesthesia, Pain Medicine

  • Emily McCobb

    Emily McCobb
    Anesthesia, Pain Medicine

  • Rebecca Reader

    Rebecca Reader

  • Lois Wetmore

    Lois Wetmore
    Anesthesia, Pain Pharmacogenetics