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 a comfort are always our primary concern. Pre-surgical blood work is highly recommended for pets of all ages receiving general anesthesia. The blood work provides a vital check on the health of the patient and determines whether they are an appropriate candidate for surgery. Testing allows us to diagnose and treat previously undetected medical problems and can also assist us in determining the appropriate anesthetic and supportive care. 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 deemed necessary.
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
- Carbon Dioxide Level
We use advanced 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. Most surgery patients receive different kinds of injectable pain medications during the procedure and go home with oral pain medication. We use a constant rate IV infusions of pain medication for more severe pain. We tailor the pain management plan to the needs of the patient.