Anesthetic Safety is the cornerstone to every surgery. The ultimate safety is to minimize anesthetic time, which we do by having the surgery suite and surgeon ready and waiting for the patient so there is no wasted anesthetic time. The doctors and staff at the Veazie Veterinary Clinic want to provide the safest anesthesia, least stress and minimal pain for your pet’s procedure. The following information will assist you in understanding how we will care for your pet.
Every patient is evaluated by a doctor for anesthetic risks and to clarify the procedure being performed. This physical evaluation is thorough. Not only will the vet listen to your pet’s heart and lungs, but also palpate their abdomen, palpate for pulses, check lymph nodes and other indicators to ensure your pet is healthy for anesthesia.
Preoperative blood work:
A preoperative blood sample is drawn and tested to evaluate kidney and liver function, blood sugar and protein levels. It also checks hematology (red and white blood cell levels). This ensures that there is no presence of anemia or infection.
Intravenous catheter and fluids:
An intravenous catheter is placed in all surgical patients. This not only ensures access to a vein in case we need to supply drugs or reverse injectable anesthetic agents but also allows us to administer fluids during the procedure.
Fluids help maintain adequate blood pressure and blood flow to vital organs during surgery. We can also put pain medicine in the fluids to help onboard pain control for a smoother recovery.
Each animal under anesthesia is intubated by a trained technician. Intubation allows us to ensure an open air pathway, increase the amount of oxygen a patient is getting.
In addition, intubation reduces the risk of leaking inhaled anesthetic agents, keeping our staff safe.
We use state of the art monitoring equipment including an ECG, pulse oximeter (blood pressure monitor), & thermometer to know exactly how your pet is doing. Although accurate equipment is important, the technician running it is the key to safety.
Our techs are trained in anesthetic monitoring and watch your pet from induction to recovery.