Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring

Pain Management

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Evolution has trained your animal to hide signs of illness and injury. They will almost never tell you if they are in pain. If you think your pet is in pain or don’t know if they are, please call our office to have a thorough physical exam done to assess your pet.

We think that no animal should ever be in pain and strongly believe in anticipating and preventing pain before it happens.  Pain occurs in many forms and varies in intensity, from severe to chronic.

All surgical patients get an injection for pain prior to their procedure.  Good pain management has been proven to speed your pet’s surgical recovery.

We also offer pain management for chronic pain cases, such as arthritic pets.  Unknown to most pet owner older animals often “suffer in silence” from chronic arthritis and dysplasia. Pain management benefits the pet, by improving their quality of life.

We know how much you love your furry friend. Let us help you keep them comfortable both after surgical procedures and in their twilight years.

Patient Monitoring

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We monitor our patients closely to keep them as safe as possible during procedures that require general anesthesia. A veterinary technician will continually assess your pet’s heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs to help prevent any anesthetic risk.

Please feel free to ask us about our patient monitoring protocol or any concerns you might have about your pet’s procedure. We’d be happy to discuss these matters in more detail.

Anesthesia

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Advances in anesthesia have made elective procedures safer, with a low rate of anesthetic complications. However, complications can arise because of pre-existing conditions not evident during previous examinations. In order to evaluate your pet’s current health status, a pre-anesthetic examination will be performed by a veterinarian. In certain rare circumstances a condition may exist that is not evident on physical examination or pre-anesthetic screening, which could result in an anesthetic complication. All patients undergoing anesthesia will have an intravenous catheter placed to allow for administration of fluids during the procedure (to help support blood pressure), and to facilitate emergency treatment if needed. Patients will be monitored during and after anesthesia. Pain relief medication will be administered in hospital and dispensed for use at home at the discretion of the veterinarian.

We require pre-anesthetic screening prior to all anesthetic procedures. This information helps us know whether we need to take additional precautions with your pet or postpone the procedure pending treatment. Tests done more than 90 days prior to anesthesia will need to be repeated, and depending on your pet’s age, may necessitate rescheduling for another day.