For many of us, the idea of having our beloved pet anesthetized to undergo a surgical procedure can be very worrisome, but is often unavoidable. Your veterinary team is here to answer any questions you may have and to give you peace of mind. Before any surgical procedure, your pet is given a thorough examination to assess his/her state of health and to see if there are any obvious precautions needed to be taken during their procedure. For example, we may use different drug combinations in an older pet with kidney problems vs. a young, healthy pet.
Depending on your pet’s health and/or age, blood work may be recommended to assess internal organ functions such as the kidneys and liver. Intravenous fluids during the procedure may also be recommended to maintain hydration and blood pressure throughout the procedure. General anesthesia requires your pet to be sedated then induced so an endotracheal tube can be placed and your animal placed on oxygen and anesthetic gas which keeps them asleep for the procedure.
All animals undergoing a general anesthetic are hooked up to monitoring devices to monitor vital signs such as blood pressure, heart and respiration rate, temperature and blood oxygen levels. An animal health technician also monitors your pet’s vital signs throughout the procedure. We have heated surgery tables and use “hot rocks” during recovery to keep your pet warm. Whether it is spaying/neutering, lump removals or an exploratory, each pet is assessed, monitored and given the best care by our veterinarian team.
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