Anesthesia & Pain

We believe safety in anesthesia is of the utmost importance.  We tailor our anesthetic protocols to the needs100_3969.jpg of the animal that is having the surgery.  We use isoflurane gas anesthesia on most of the surgeries we do.  We monitor our surgeries extensively. Good nursing care is the most important monitoring we do by checking blood oxygen, heart rate, ECG, respiration and blood pressure.  This helps us make anesthesia as safe as can be.
Often we place an IV catheter to be able to administer fluids for the animals that are under anesthesia. Our protocol calls for an IV catheter in all surgeries lasting 15 minutes or longer.  An IV catheter allows us direct venous access for emergency medications and IV fluids.

After the surgery is over, Dr. Kelso uses special energy healing and healing touch practices to help clear the anesthesia from the animal's body. 

Pain Management

Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in our patients is the essence of quality care. Pain medication is administered before, during and following all surgical procedures. Pain relief medication is sent home with your pet at the time of discharge. Many times a combination of medication is used for optimum effect. We often use local blocks in our pain management protocols. Pain management can also be a quality of life issue in cases of arthritis, injury or other chronic debilitating diseases. Please ask a veterinarian or hospital staff member at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital how we can help.

Pain management is best managed with a holistic approach that uses traditional medications, nutritional supplements and essential oil as well as energy therapies. We are happy to discuss our multimodal approach with you.


Deciding that euthanasia is necessary for a beloved pet can be one of the hardest decisions anyone ever has to make.  Dr. Ricci and her staff will gladly talk to you about the necessity and the timing for this difficult decision.

Our euthanasia procedure most commonly involves sedation and placing an IV catheter.  Many people want to be with their pet for the euthanasia itself and we encourage that.  Dr. Ricci and her knowledgeable staff will outline the euthanasia procedure.  You may take your pet home for burial or we provide a caring and reliable cremation service.  You have the choice of your pet being cremated with other animals and no ashes returned or separate cremation that ensures you receive your pet's ashes back.  We have the utmost confidence in our cremation service and are sure that the ashes you get back are your pet's ashes. We treat your beloved pets as we would treat our own, honoring the special bond you have with one another. 

This is a very difficult time for the entire family and we realize that and hope to help you in every way possible.

We consider euthanasia to be a service that we do for only very sick pets and we will not euthanize young healthy animals.

Questions to Consider

Here are a few questions for you and your family to think about prior to euthanizing a pet:

  • Do you want to be with your pet during the euthanasia process?
  • Will you include other family members or children?
  • What would you like to do with your pet's body? Cremation? Home burial?
  • If you choose cremation, would you like to take the ashes home in an urn?
  • Would you like a paw print as a memento?

Consider beginning a conversation with your pet. Let them know you love them and don't want them to suffer at the end of their life and that you need their help to know when is the right time. Our pets understand and intuit far more than we imagine. This can be a very helpful conversation for both you and your pet. 

Additional Support for End of Life Care