You may have seen the recent news that the veterinary profession is facing an anaesthetic drug shortage. A breakdown at the factory that produces the anaesthetic gas isoflurane has caused a nationwide drug shortage. This is the drug that we use most commonly to keep our patients asleep - it is breathed in through a face mask or tube during the anaesthetic.
We would like to reassure you that despite the drug shortage we are still able to anaesthetise our patients using alternative techniques such as total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA). In some cases TIVA may not be appropriate for your pet, in which case we will discuss the best way to proceed depending your pet's needs. We are expecting our isoflurane supply to resume in the next few weeks and are looking at alternative sources for the drug in the mean time. If you have any questions about your pet going under anaesthetic, or anything else mentioned here, please contact us and ask to speak to one of our vets.