At Sault Ste. Marie Animal Clinic we offer a variety of safe and effective sedation and anesthetic protocols and techniques to facilitate various surgical and diagnostic procedures. We custom tailor the medications and techniques used to meet the unique needs and concerns of each individual patient. We often recommend using sedation and or anesthesia for various diagnostic and treatment procedures such as taking x-rays or cleaning ears to reduce the stress and discomfort level for the patient and to enable us to do a better job such as getting better quality images or doing a more thorough cleaning. For added safety we recommend additional testing such as pre-anesthetic blood work, intravenous fluids or a preoperative ECG depending on the pet’s physical condition and the reason for anesthesia. Pre-anesthetic blood testing is mandatory for older or higher risk patients and recommended for owners of young healthy pets undergoing elective procedures such as spaying or neutering.