Every pet undergoing anesthesia is first evaluated physically by our doctor. We highly recommend evaluating organ function by having a blood test done prior to surgery. This can be accomplish up to 30 days before or even the same day off the procedure. These findings will allow the doctor if your pet is fit for anesthesia and what anesthesia protocol will the safest for your pet. Once your pet is cleared for anesthesia, he/she will have an IV catheter placed to allow for administration of the medications and to provide continuous IV fluids throughout the procedure.
As part of our standards of care, the physical exam and the pre-op blood work is complemented with an ECG reading of your pet's heart. This allows our doctors determine whether your pet's heart rhythm is normal prior to anesthesia. Subsequently, this reading will be continuously monitored while under anesthesia. Patient Monitoring
Our highly trained nurses work side by side the doctor during the entire anesthetic procedure monitoring all of your pets vitals signs including oxygenation, heart rate, heart rhythm, respiration, temperature, and capillary refill time.
Once the procedure concludes, our nurses continue the evaluation of your pet while he/she wakes up. We take our recovery time seriously to ensure that your pet wakes up uneventfully, maintaining his/hers vital signs stable, and is free of pain. Once your pet is awake and determined stable we give you a phone call to provide you with an update and pick-up time. We always recommend the continued pain control as considered necessary for your pet, and our doctor will provide suggestions for the type of pain medication that will be most effective for your furry friend.