If surgery is suggested, you can feel comfortable knowing that our hospital only administers anesthesia in the utmost safe and cautious manner.
Your pet's safety and comfort are always our primary concerns whenever anesthesia is involved. Our veterinarians tailor the anesthetic procedure to fit the needs of each patient. Surgery patients may have an IV catheter in place and receive intravenous fluids throughout the procedure and during the postoperative period. An IV catheter allows us to administer emergency medications quickly if needed. IV fluids help maintain normal blood pressure and keep your pet well hydrated. Your pet's vital signs are monitored during general anesthesia and continuously throughout the surgical process including:
- Oxygen level in the blood
- Heart rate
- Blood Pressure
- Respiratory rate
We use pain management techniques in conjunction with anesthesia to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during the procedure and after they are discharged. Surgery patients receive injectable pain medication during the procedure and may go home with oral pain medication depending on the extent of the procedure. We may perform local anesthetic blocks including oral nerve blocks if teeth are removed during a dental procedure. Constant rate IV infusions of pain medication may be instituted for more severe pain. In addition, therapeutic laser treatments can be used on surgical sites to reduce post-operative pain and inflammation. We tailor the pain management plan to the needs of the patient.
Pre-surgical blood work is recommended for all pets receiving general anesthesia, which provides a vital check on the health of a patient and determines whether they are an appropriate candidate for surgery. Testing allows us to diagnose and treat previously undetected medical problems and also can assist us in determining the appropriate anesthetic. Depending on the urgency of the condition, abnormalities are addressed, drug selections are modified and in some cases surgeries may be delayed or even canceled if the veterinarian deems necessary.