Local anesthetics cause a loss of sensation in the area where a surgical procedure is being performed. Here at the Watertown Animal Hospital, we use local anesthesia for all of our surgical procedures in order to ensure that your pet is pain-free.
If your pet is having a minor surgical or diagnostic procedure performed that does not require general anesthesia, we sometimes only use a local anesthetic in addition to light sedation in order to perform the procedure. For example, when we perform a biopsy (in which a small portion of tissue is surgically removed so it can be examined), we will use a local anesthetic at the site of the biopsy to stop pain at that area. We often use a sedative and/or anxiolytic (anti-anxiety medication) in combination with the local anesthetic to keep pets calm during the procedure.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet receiving local anesthesia or about the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.