No surgical procedure is routine and every patient is unique. Therefore, the morning of your pet's procedure prior to anesthesia, we will review the history of your pet's health and perform a complete physical examination and necessary blood work, providing a complete physiological picture of your pet's current health status. A complete physical exam will evaluate your pet's major body systems including eyes, ears, mouth, heart, lungs, abdomen, lymph nodes, joints and skin. Dr. Will will discuss any abnormalities found on physical exam, the surgical procedure, and anesthesia with you. He will also answer any questions you may have.
Pre-surgical blood testing can be performed prior to or the day of your pet's surgery. Blood testing establishes healthy baseline values, identifies unseen disease, determines safety of drugs, evaluates your pet's abilities to remove by-products of medications, and provide surgical peace of mind.
Testing will include:
Red Blood Cells
White Blood Cells
Once admitted, our veterinary team will place an IV catheter and start intravenous fluid therapy. An IV provides direct access to the body for drug administration. Fluid support is important for every patient before, during and after any surgical procedure. Fluids normalize hydration status, promote kidney blood flow, and support normal blood pressure.
Sevoflurane is the safest gas anesthetic approved in veterinary medicine. It allows for gentle anesthetic induction and very fast recoveries. Sevoflurane enters and exits the body quicker than any other gas anesthetic. This allows for fast adjustments of anesthetic depth during surgery (less than 2 minutes) and recovery times of 1 to 3 minutes from surgical table to kennel/bed.
The use of pre-anesthetics allow us to place a mask over your pet's nose, administer Sevoflurane, and smoothly and quickly achieve anesthesia. An endotracheal tube is placed into the windpipe and oxygen and Sevoflurane administration is then continued. A drug is administered to support heart rate.
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