All of our patients are offered and recommended to have pre-surgical bloodwork completed prior to induction of anesthetic. This allows us to know how or if you pets’ organs can tolerate the anesthetic. Some cases we can can alter the protocol we typically use, other times the bloodwork indicates the anesthetic risk is too great and we will cancel or post-pone the procedure.

Anesthetic always carries the risk of complications. We take it very seriously and ALWAYS have a Registered Veterinary Technician monitoring the entire anesthetic – from induction all the way through to them waking up in a recovery cage. We have monitoring equipment that allows us to observe the heart rate and rhythm (EKG), measure the amount of breaths per 30 seconds (Ap Alert), measure the oxygen levels in the blood (pulse oximeter) and check blood pressure. Every 5 minutes our technicians are recording these vital signs. If there is a concern or something seems off they can let the doctor know right away and address it. Our patients lay on a cushioned surgical table that has a warm water blanket circulating to keep them warm. Oat bags are sometimes used to ensure your pets’ core temperature stays normal.

Our technicians place IV catheters prior to induction of anesthetic for IV fluids (to help maintain proper blood pressure and reduce the risk of kidney dysfunction post-op) and in case we need quick IV access.

The safety of your pet is very important to us and if you are concerned please do not hesitate to ask to speak with your doctor prior to the surgery