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Anesthesia is an art. We utilize some of the safest techniques and medications in order to provide your pet with an optimum plan of anesthesia. Patients undergoing an anesthetic procedure have indwelling intravenous catheters placed. This catheter allows for fluids to be delivered to your pet in order to maintain adequate blood pressure during procedures as well as gives us immediate access to your pet in case of an emergency.
Pre Anesthetic blood work is incredibly important to your pet. This testing allows the liver and kidney function to be assessed; even though a pet is young or has no outward signs of disease, underlying problems may be present. This testing is an essential piece of information that helps to describe the overall well being of your pet and possibly the overall outcome of an anesthetic episode.
As anesthesia has a very delicate balance, we are proud to say that all patients undergoing anesthesia are monitored by Registered Veterinary Technicians from the moment they are anesthetized until they are alert and awake. Monitoring includes, but is not limited to continuous evaluation of a patient's heart rate, oxygen saturation, and ECG status. Importantly, all patients are recovered in our main treatment area with access to all treatment modalities, not in a kennel out of sight.
Your pet's comfort before, during, and after potentially painful procedures is very important. Studies suggest that patients who do not experience discomfort post-operatively heal more quickly. Many different pain-alleviating medications are utilized including narcotic medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories in the injectable and the oral preparations