Anesthetic Procedures and Risks
We use a combination of pre-anesthetic medications, injectable medications, and/or inhalant anesthetics to achieve optimum levels of sedation that are safe for your pet.
- Short Procedures – injectable anesthetic is given initially, producing an adequate sedation level, and after the procedure is complete, a reversal agent is given which offers a quick recovery
- Most Surgical Procedures – your pet is anesthetized and then intubated (insertion of a tube into trachea or wind pipe) to ensure that your pet receives oxygen at all times. This also prevents aspiration of any fluids into the lungs. Anesthesia is maintained with a gas anesthetic, Isoflurane, 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 Isoflurane is a quick induction.
Monitoring and Pain Management
Monitoring of patients during anesthesia is done in two ways. First, a veterinary nurse is with your pet continuously from beginning of anesthesia to recovery. Second, we have a computerized monitor that records heart rate, pulse rate, oxygen levels, respiration, ECG, and core or rectal temperature. Our clinic strongly believes in compassionate, quality, veterinary care for our patients. As a result, all surgery patients will receive pain management before, during, and after surgery. Pain medication may also be prescribed 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 and Fluids
We highly recommend the placement of an IV catheter for all dogs and use of IV fluids to assist as deemed necessary by the doctor, during all anesthetic procedures. This allows us to have quick, available access to the circulatory system (blood) in case of 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/Post-Op Complications
- Dog and Cat Spay
- Recurrent Heat
- Urinary Incontinence
- Weight Gain
- Suture Reactions
- Dog and Cat Neuter
- Scrotal Swelling
- Suture Reaction (Dogs Only)
- Cat Declaw
- Regrowth of Nail
- Tumor/Lump Removal
- Swelling and Drainage
- Suture Reaction
- Reoccurrence of a Cancerous Mass
- Dog and Cat Dental Complications
- Extraction/Retained Root Complications
- Hemorrhage at Extraction Site
It is important for you to understand that there is always a risk of anesthetic and surgical complications 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.