Food and Water:
Prior to anesthesia being provided, you will be directed regarding fasting your pet. Almost all cats and dogs are held off food after 10pm the prior evening, but water is fine. Exceptions are for dogs under 4 months of age, cats under 6 months of age, or specific medical conditions such as liver shunt surgery, diabetic, or other sick patients. Make certain to ask if you have any concerns.
Your pets’ safety is our outmost concern. A safe surgical experience, starts with a safe anesthesia. All patients scheduled for anesthesia with our surgeons have had a review of medical records, and thorough physical exam and consultation with your regular veterinarian and our surgeons. Bloodwork is required to ensure the well being of your animal. Induction of anesthesia is supervised by a veterinarian and monitored by a licensed veterinary technician. Monitoring includes observing and recording vital signs such as heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate and pattern, oxygenation, blood pressure, and core body temperature. Heat is provided by circulating water blankets, and additional support until our patients can safely thermoregulate on their own. Anesthesia induction is provided with sedation, pain medication, and induction agents such as propofol. Maintenance anesthesia is with safe gas anesthetics such as isoflurane or sevoflurane.
All surgical patients are monitored during the recovery for heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate and pattern, body temperature, and comfort level. Additional pain support is provided injectably or at the surgical site as appropriate. Once animals no longer require hospitalized recovery support, they are discharged. Most patients will stay one night in the hospital.