All surgical patients must have had
a recent comprehensive physical examination at our hospital prior
to scheduling surgery or dentistry. This allows our staff to
properly assess your pet and his/her needs, address your anesthesia
concerns, and to properly identify the surgery to be
All pets over the age of 7 years, as
well as younger patients with health issues, will be required
to have pre-anesthetic blood tests in order for the doctor to
choose medications specific for your pet.
All pets undergoing general
anesthesia receive an intravenous catheter and fluids to maintain
hydration, kidney perfusion, blood pressure. A
catheter also provides instant venous access in case of an
emergency. A technician monitors your pet from induction to
wake-up, checking heart rate, respiratory rate, body
temperature, blood oxygen levels, as well as depth of
anesthesia. All pets are placed on a heated surgery table and
recovered in heated cages to maintain body temperature.
All pets undergoing any painful
procedure are treated to comprehensive pain management protocols
before, during, and after their procedure. We find that pets
are not stressed and are comfortable during recovery and the
post-operative period. We use a combination of medications to
ensure that your pet is as pain-free as possible.