If surgery is recommended, you can rest easy knowing that our hospital only performs anesthesia under immediate veterinarian supervision. 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 and procedure.
Pre-surgical blood work is recommended for all pets receiving general anesthesia, which provides a vital check on the health of a patient, determines whether they are an appropriate candidate for surgery, and helps us to select the most appropriate anesthetic medications and proper post-operative pain control. In many cases, testing also reveals previously undetected medical problems, allowing us to treat prior to them becoming more serious issues. 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 in the best interest of the patient's well-being.
We strongly recommend all surgery patients have an IV catheter in place and receive intravenous fluids throughout the procedure and during the postoperative period, however we know that cost is often a factor in being able to pursue high quality pet care, so we have made this an optional service to increase accessibility to individualized care for those with financial constraints. An IV catheter allows us to administer emergency medications quickly if needed while 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
- pain score - an objective interpretation of vital signs to determine a patient's comfort level
We tailor the pain management plan to the needs of each individual patinet and 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. Most surgery patients receive 2 or 3 different kinds of pain medications during the procedure and go home with oral pain medication. Local anesthetic blocks are used when necessary to control incision or wound pain, and oral nerve blocks are utilized when extraction of teeth are necessary during a dental procedure. We are one of very few hospitals that offer the option of CO2 laser surgery to reduce discomfort and bleeding. Constant rate IV infusions of pain medication for more severe pain, such as exploratory or orthopedic surgeries.