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.