We follow anesthetic monitoring recommendations set forth by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and have invested in state-of the-art, automated vital signs monitoring equipment specially designed for use on animals. A trained Animal Health Technician (Veterinary Nurse) will be at your pet's side, responding to feedback from the electronic monitoring system and using their hands on clinical expertise to manage your pet's proper anesthetic depth. The technician relays information to the veterinarian who is apprised of your pet's progress throughout the procedure.
Studies have shown that managing a patient's temperature during and after surgery greatly reduces the risk of anesthetic complications. Core body temperature directly affects how the body metabolizes anesthetics, so we will use an array of warming methods to keep your pet's temperature at the desired level.
Dehydration is a major risk factor in the development of hypotension (low blood pressure) during anesthesia and surgery. Fluids are administered during the procedure via a preplaced venous catheter to maintain blood pressure at acceptable levels. The IV catheter is essential to provide an immediate route for administration of fluids during and after the procedure, especially in response to changes in blood pressure trends or to administer other medications as needed.
Your pet will be monitored during recovery, and every accommodation will be made to ensure their warmth, comfort and well-being. We will also monitor certain vital signs so that any adverse responses are addressed immediately.
Upon discharge, you will be given specific instructions as to what to expect during the recovery process at your home and the use of post-operative medications to minimize pain and discomfort.