Will I be OK?
What is anesthesia
General anesthesia is a state of unconsciousness with loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more durgs, usually given by injection and inhalation. The overall goal is to ensure a balanced effect of hypnosis, amnesia, analgesia and muscle relaxation to keep the patient immobile. In pets, anesthesia is required in a wider range of circumstances than in people because they will bot remain still for procedures like dental treaments, MRI, CT scans etc.
Is anesthesia safe?
Robert M. Smith, M.D. once said;
“There are no safe anesthetic agents; there are no safe anesthetic procedures; there are only safe anesthetists”
So to mitigate the risks associated with anesthesia we take a number of measures to ensure your pet is as safe as possible during the procedure. We give your pet a thorough evaluation to assess the risk status prior to the administration of anesthetic drugs and provide the best conditions for a comfortable and speedy recovery.
Pre-anesthetic examination, hematology and blood chemistry
Whether your pet is young or old, a pre-anesthetic physical exam will be performed with the necessary blood work to assure that your pet is as healthy as possible. This will help uncover any previously undiagnosed conditions and allow us to score their pain level to better customize medication needed before, during and after their procedure.
Pre-anesthetic equipment safety check
Just like your airline pilot checks all the instruments before takeoff, we check our equipment before administering anesthesia to your pet. Properly maintaining our tools and equipment to the manufacturers’ specifications and double checking operations just before the procedure begins, ensures that our focus is on your pet, not our equipment, and reduces the time time your pet will be anesthetized.
Balanced anesthesia/pain management
To reduce anesthetic depth and duration, we balance anesthetics with pre-anesthetic administration of analgesic and sedative drugs. This helps reduce your pets stress and makes them more comfortable. Doing this also helps your pet remain calm so we can prepare them for the anesthetic procedure. Depending on the protocol used, this approach can also allow for a reduction in the amount of anesthetics required, making recovery much smother.
Hands-on and electronic monitoring
We follow anesthetic monitoring recommendations set forth by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, and have invested in state-of-the-art, automated vital signs monitoring equipment specially designed for use on animals. A trained Animal Health Technician (Veterinary Nurse) will be at your pets’ side, responding to feedback from the electronic monitoring system and using their hands-on clinical expertise to manage your pets’ proper anesthetic depth. The technician relays information to the veterinarian who is appraised of your pets’ progress throughout the procedure.
Peri-operative temperature management
Studies have shown that managing a patients temperature during and after surgery greatly reduces the risk of anesthetic complications, Core body temperature directly affects how the body metabolizes anesthetics, so we will use an array of warming methods to keep your pets’ temperature at the desired level.
IV Fluid Therapy
Dehydration is a major risk factor in the development of hypotension (low blood pressure) during anesthesia and surgery. Fluids are administered during the procedure via a preplaced venous catheter to maintain blood pressure at acceptable levels. The IV catheter is essential to provide an immediate route for for administration of fluids during and after the procedure, especially in response to changes in blood pressure trends or to administer orther medications as needed.
Monitored recovery and post-operative care
Your pet will be monitored during recovery, and every accommodation will be made to ensure their warmth, comfort and well being. We will also monitor certain vital signs so that any adverse responses are addressed immediately.
Upon discharge, you will be given specific instructions as to what to expect during the recovery process at your home and the use of post-operative medicaitons to minimize pain and discomfort. You will be called the next day to check on your pets’ progress. Should any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian.