We realize that having a pet undergo general anesthesia can be a stressful experience for a pet owner, and in some cases, for pets. Kris Kruse-Elliott, DVM, Ph.D., DACVAA is our board-certified anesthesiologist and she is an expert in anesthetic management and minimizing risk—and stress—for your pet.

Administering anesthesia is a process that begins with careful planning and consideration of what a patient will need before, during, and after surgery to manage pain. At SAGE, a pet’s experience with anesthesia is similar to what their owner would experience in a human hospital. Here, Dr. Kruse-Elliott works with specialists and technicians throughout a pet’s hospitalization to ensure the anesthesia and pain management plan is tailored to their specific health issues.

Like all of our specialists, Dr. Kruse-Elliott continually seeks advanced training on new protocols and trends in anesthesiology. A former university-level educator, she is actively involved in sharing new information about anesthesiology and anesthesia monitoring with SAGE veterinarians and nursing staff. Dr. Kruse-Elliott is also available to advise referring veterinarians on pain management, anti-anxiety medications, sedation, pre-anesthetic testing and more, prior to the pet’s arrival at SAGE.