Banfield® anesthesia resources

Banfield anesthesia job aids

Help your team deliver safe, high-quality petcare with Banfield’s patient-specific tools on anesthesia. From dosing, to monitoring, to checking your equipment, from pre-anesthesia evaluation all the way to recovery, we’ve provided tools and resources to help your team deliver safe, high-quality petcare every time.  

We’re committed to continuous improvement of our anesthesia standards and protocols. Together we can strive to deliver safe, high quality healthcare to every pet, every time.

Checklists and job aids for anesthetic procedures in your clinical practice

Patient-specific tools and checklists

Banfield’s tools are designed to assist you during anesthetic procedures and treatments.


Dosage calculator

Use this calculator to guide in selecting personal anesthesia equipment, fluid and oxygen rates, and medications for every phase of anesthesia, including emergency situations.

Note: The dosage calculator only mentions medications used in Banfield hospitals.

Download the dosage calculator


Anesthesia machine checklist

Follow and complete this checklist before every general anesthesia procedure.

Note: The machine checklist only mentions machines used in Banfield hospitals. If your machines differ, it may be useful as a template to create your own checklist. 

Download the anesthesia machine checklist


Pre-induction time out checklist

Aimed at facilitating communication among the anesthesia team, the attending veterinarian and dedicated monitoring associate follow and complete this checklist prior to every anesthetic procedure.

Download the pre-induction checklist

Established guidelines from pre-anesthesia to recovery

Help your veterinary team improve concordance with Banfield’s established guidelines for anesthesia procedures.


Preanesthetic evaluation

A complete evaluation should entail a physical examination, a review of patient history, clinical pathology testing and determination of ASA status. Use this outline of key procedural and reference materials to get the support you need during the clinical decision process.

Download the preanesthetic evaluation job aid


Induction and intubation

The induction phase of general anesthesia is a critical time, so it’s imperative that the team member(s) providing anesthesia have all the necessary equipment ready and properly checked.

Download the induction and intubation job aid


Monitoring job aid

Use this job aid to help your team capture key information during each procedure and keep quality medical record documentation.

Download the monitoring job aid



Most post-operative mortality occurs within the first three hours of recovery from anesthesia, and continuous monitoring will help you quickly identify complications and intervene.

Download the recovery job aid

CPR poster for urgent intervention

We recommend keeping charts and other resuscitation aids accessible and visible in areas where CPA may occur. Print this poster and display it in procedure areas and surgery suites as initial guides for urgent intervention.

Download the CPR poster

CPA and ALS (Advanced Life Support)

Cognitive aids (checklists, algorithms, and dosing charts) have been shown to improve compliance with CPR guidelines. Use this job aid to help you deliver Cardiopulmonary Arrest care and Advanced Life Support  in the event of an emergency.

Download the CPA and ALS guide

Protocol quick reference guide

Banfield’s quick guides are based on peer-reviewed literature and are reviewed by board-certified veterinary specialists in anesthesiology and internal medicine.
Note that these materials are never meant to be followed blindly and the anesthesia team remains responsible for making decisions in the best interest of each patient. 
Download the anesthesia protocol guide

Please see our Anesthesia and Analgesia for the Veterinary Practitioner: Canine and Feline books for complete information on protocol selection and individualized patient care. See more about our books


  • Small nares, elongated soft palates and hypoplastic tracheas create a very abnormal upper airway.
  • Stress increases respiratory rate and can cause serious complications such as hyperthermia or respiratory collapse.
  • All sedatives and anesthetic drugs impair respiratory function by central (neurologic) depression and relaxation of muscles needed for maintaining an airway. Patients must be carefully monitored from premedication through recovery.



  • Increased risk for clinical decompensation, fluid overload and cardiac arrhythmias.
  • Thorough evaluation for comorbidities is essential.


Dental prophylaxis

  • Patients may often have comorbidities or be geriatric that prompt additional considerations for their care and protocol selection.
  • Performing sterile procedures under the same anesthesia as a dental prophylaxis is not recommended due to concerns of contamination.



  • Carefully evaluate for, and consider, all other medication that may interact with anesthesia.
  • Patients often have physiologic decline in most organ functions; titrate drug doses accordingly.



  • This patient will have extremely high levels of circulating catecholamines (epinephrine, norepinephrine), which can make the patient prone to sudden cardiovascular collapse (e.g., hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, shock, organ dysfunction), especially when sedatives and anesthetics are added.
  • Stressed/fractious patients may be impossible to handle for a physical exam.
  • The presence of serious disease may be masked by this physiologic “fight or flight” state, making these patients prone to crash after sedation or induction when the full extent of underlying disease becomes known.
  • Most aggressive behavior is a result of underlying fear or pain. Provide analgesic therapy as medically indicated.
  • If the patient struggles for more than three seconds, release and reposition. If struggling for more than three seconds occurs two to three times, consider chemical restraint or abort the procedure.
  • Do not use the Stressed/Fractious pet protocol if acepromazine has already been administered.


Soft tissue (elective)

  • Elective soft tissue surgery patients would include those with normal organ function as determined by clinical pathology data and unremarkable physical examination results, undergoing planned anesthesia.
  • Routine ovariohysterectomy (OVH) with elective gastropexy might be expected to require more analgesic therapy than a routine OVH alone.
  • Consider the use of multimodal therapy for analgesic needs, including the use of local and regional analgesia.
  • Due to concerns of potential surgical site contamination with bacteremia associated with dental prophylaxis, sterile soft tissue procedures should not be combined with elective dental prophylaxis.
  • All sterile soft tissue surgeries are to be performed in the surgical suite.
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