Our veterinarians are dedicated to providing our clients and their pets with the safest and most effective anesthesia and surgery. Many of our clients have some anxiety when their pet needs surgery. We tailor our anesthesia and surgery to each individual patient and stay current on the therapies and medications useful for each procedure.
Safe anesthesia is a top priority with any of our surgical patients. We take many steps and precautions to ensure that our anesthetic is as safe as possible.
- We always recommend and often require pre-anesthetic bloodwork before any major surgical procedure. This allows us to make sure that the pet’s organs are functioning adequately, to give a baseline to reference to should any complications arise and to fine-tune our protocols to your pet’s individual needs.
- A dedicated animal health technologist monitors your pet continuously under anesthesia. We have state-of-the-art anesthesia monitoring equipment that track blood oxygen levels, heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rates, blood pressure, temperature and carbon dioxide levels.
- All of our patients undergoing anesthesia are on intravenous fluids during and typically for several hours after their procedure. There are several benefits to this. Fluids improve and maintain hydration, as our patients are fasted before surgery and therefore could be mildly dehydrated the morning of surgery. IV fluids also keep blood pressure up since anesthetic medications can lower blood pressure. They also allow for quick access to a vein in case of complications or emergency situations.
- Since general anesthesia can lower body temperature, our patient’s temperature is monitored carefully for the entire day and warming equipment is used to when needed.
- Our patients are carefully watched for several hours after surgery to make sure that they are waking up well, there are no complications and that their pain control is adequate.
Routine surgeries (such as spays & neuters) and dental surgeries are performed at Arrowhead Monday to Friday.
We also perform other surgeries such as mass removals, wound repairs and removal of bladder stones.
Our surgical patients are asked to come in first thing in the morning, having fasted for at least 8 hours. One of our staff members will go over the consent form and answer any questions you may have.
Your pet will be examined the morning of surgery. Most surgeries will be performed in the morning. You will be contacted once your pet’s procedure is finished, or sooner if we have any concerns. Our staff will book a discharge time with you to go over your pet’s discharge instructions and medications and answer any questions.