We know anesthesia and surgery are stressful for both you and your pet and that your pet’s safety and comfort are yours and our primary concerns. We do everything possible to minimize your pet’s stress and discomfort, while insuring the safest procedure possible. Our surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures, with the added safety of state of the art monitoring equipment.
All surgery patients arrive at the hospital between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on the day of their surgery. At the time of check-in, you will be asked if you would like to have a pre-anesthetic blood profile and a complete blood count to ensure normal body functions. This is strongly recommended on all patients, especially those over 7 years of age.
We do pre-medicate our patients prior to their procedures and they are usually given a pain injection that will last for 24 hours.
Our surgery table is heated to ensure your pet’s body temperature is maintained during surgery, providing a safer, quicker, and smoother procedure and recovery.
All of our patients receiving general anesthesia have an intravenous catheter placed prior to induction. This allows for safer administration of medications and ready venous access in case of emergency. Through this catheter, your pet may also receive IV fluid support from specialized pumps that deliver and monitor precise amounts of fluids. Intravenous fluids help maintain blood pressure, provide internal organ support and keep your pet from becoming dehydrated.
Our operating room is equipped with electronic monitors that alert us the moment any change in body functions occur. These monitors will tell us your pet’s oxygen concentration, pulse rate and respiration while under anesthesia.
We use the safest form of anesthesia, isofluorane. Gas anesthestic agents are more expensive, but are much safer and more effective. We also offer the use of Propofol, which is an ultrasafe anesthetic used in human medicine.
When you pick up your pet after surgery, you will be given instructions by a doctor or technician. You will be sent home with any necessary medications as well as detailed discharge instructions. Some surgical patients will come back for a follow-up visit 7-10 days after discharge, to examine your pet’s surgical site, medical progress and to remove any sutures or staples.