Anesthesiology Department at Toronto Animal Health Partners in North York

Many of the procedures we and our pets undergo require anesthesia, where patients are placed in a controlled and temporary state of unconsciousness. Specialists in the field of anesthesia, or veterinary anesthesiologists, provide this care to our pets. Our anesthesia team works alongside all our other specialists to provide the safest care for your pet while they undergo any procedure.

Toronto Animal Health Partners in North York houses multiparameter monitors, standard-of-care anesthetic ventilators, peripheral nerve stimulators, and an in-house blood gas analyzer. Each patient is evaluated by our anesthesiologist and their primary specialty care clinician. An individualized anesthetic plan is then created that is unique to each cat and dog patient undergoing the anesthetic procedure.

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Anesthesiology Services

  • General inhalant anesthesia using a balanced anesthetic technique
  • General anesthesia for minimally invasive surgery (thoracoscopy, laparoscopy)
  • Total intravenous anesthesia
  • Consultation on procedural sedation
  • Intensive anesthetic monitoring using multiparameter monitors with the capability of evaluating electrocardiogram, non-invasive and direct arterial blood pressure, pulse oximetry, capnography, end tidal anesthetic gas analysis and body temperature
  • Locoregional anesthesia via peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Epidural anesthesia
  • One lung ventilation

Common Reasons for Referral

  • Anesthesia of patients with concurrent cardiovascular, respiratory or endocrine disease
  • Anesthesia of brachycephalic patients
  • Anesthesia for diagnostic imaging (I.e. CT scan or MRI)
  • Anesthesia for elective or emergency caesarean
  • Anesthesia of high risk and emergency patients
  • Anesthetic management of patients with difficult airways or requiring airway surgery
  • Anesthesia for minimally invasive surgical techniques and advanced imaging
  • Advanced anesthetic monitoring including direct arterial blood pressure and arterial blood gases

Anesthesia Team

Dr. Natalie Chow

Anesthesia Department Chair