Progressive Anestheisa & Monitoring

Pet getting checked up

If surgery is suggested, you can feel comfortable knowing that our hospital only administers anesthesia in the utmost safe and cautious manner.

Your pet’s safety and comfort are always primary concerns whenever anesthesia is involved. Our veterinarian’s tailor the anesthetic procedure to fit the needs of each patient. All of our surgery patients are recommended to have an IV catheter in place and receive intravenous fluids throughout the procedure and during the postoperative period. An IV catheter allows us to administer emergency medications quickly if needed and IV fluids helps to maintain normal blood pressure. East Springs Animal Hospital has a mechanical ventilator that can be used to assist your pets breathing and helps to regulate their depth of anesthesia. Your pet’s vital signs are monitored during general anesthesia and continuously throughout the surgical process by a technician that is dedicated to this task. Parameters monitored include:

  • Oxygen level in the blood
  • ECG
  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Respiratory rate
  • Carbon dioxide level
  • Temperature
  • Pain

We use advanced pain management techniques in conjunction with anesthesia to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during the procedure and this allows us to use lower levels of anesthesia. Most surgery patients receive 2 or 3 different kinds of injectable pain medications during the procedure and go home with oral pain medication. We perform local anesthetic blocks on surgical incisions and dental procedures that can last up to 3 days. We also utilize constant rate IV infusions of pain medication, and epidurals for more severe pain. Therapeutic lasers are used to reduce inflammation at the surgical site and speed up healing time. Our doctors will incorporate one or all of these options to tailor the pain management to meet the needs of the patient and procedure.

Pre-anesthetic screening helps identify any unknown diseases prior to anesthesia. Pre-surgical blood work is a basic screen test for all pets receiving general anesthesia. It provides a vital check on the health of a patient and determines whether they are an appropriate candidate for surgery. Advanced screening is common with older patients and can include chest radiographs and abdominal ultrasound. If an undiagnosed problem is found, the procedure or anesthetic protocol will be changed for the pet to increase safety or in some cases surgeries may be delayed or even canceled if the veterinarian deems necessary. The safety of our pet is our top priority and we will do all we can to ensure that your pet has a successful and uncomplicated recovery.