Anesthetic Procedures & Risks
We use a combination of pre-anesthetic medications/injectables and/or inhalant anesthetics to achieve optimum levels of anesthesia that are safe for your pet.
For short procedures, an injecta ble anesthetic is given alone that produces a good plane of surgical anesthesia with a quick recovery.
For most procedures, your pet is anesthetized and then intubated (inserting a tube into the trachea or windpipe). This will ensure that your pet can receive oxygen at all times and prevents the aspiration of any fluids into the lungs.
For procedures that require minimum sedation, an injectable anesthetic is given that produces a good plane of sedation with quick recovery. Anesthesia is maintained with a gas anesthetic, Sevoflurane,
which is very safe and is not metabolized by the body. This allows us to have more control over anesthetic depth, and it is less irritating to the airways. Another advantage to Sevoflurane is a quick induction using a mask versus injectable anesthetics that require metabolism from the body.
Monitoring & Pain Management
Monitoring patients during anesthesia is done in two ways. First, a veterinary nurse is with your pet continuously from the beginning of anesthesia to recovery.
Second, we have a computerized monitor that records heart rate, pulse rate, oxygen levels, respiration, EC G, core, and rectal temperature.
Our clinic strongly believes in compassionate, quality medical care for our patients. As a result, all surgery patients will receive pain management before, during, and after surgery. Additionally, pain medication may be prescribed at home. Additional information will be given at discharge. We hope this program will
reduce any discomfort experienced and aid in a quicker recovery.
Intravenous Catheterization & Fluids
We highly recommend the placement of an IV catheter and using IV fluids during all anesthetic
procedures. This allows us to have quick, available access to the circulatory system (blood) in an unforeseen emergency. The fluids help provide support to the circulatory system and prevent
dehydration, as well as aid in a quicker recovery from anesthesia.
Potential Surgical Complications
- Canine and Feline Spay
Bleeding, Infection, Recurrent Heat, Urinary Incontinence, Weight Gain, and Suture Reactions.
- Canine and Feline Alter
Bleeding, Infection, Testicular Swelling, and Suture Reaction (Canine Only)
- Feline Declaw
Bleeding, Infection, Limping/Lameness, and Regrowth of Nail
- Tumor / Lump Removal
Bleeding, Infection, Swelling and Drainage, and Suture Reaction
It is important for you to understand that there is always a risk of anesthetic and surgic al complic ations anytime these procedures are performed. We strive to take the highest quality care of your pet and take all the added precautions you allow to avoid potential problems. Thank you for entrusting your pet to us.