The surgeon preforms a thorough pre-operative exam looking for any external abnormalities present, listens to pet’s lungs and heart – checking for congestion or heart abnormalities including murmurs that would affect how the pet handles anesthetic. The surgeon reviews blood work and an ECG looking for any signs the pet is not fit for anesthetic.
Pre-Operative CBC, Blood Panel & FELV/FIV Snap Test
This thorough blood work panel indicates if organ systems have any underlying diseases present including early kidney disease (SDMA), liver disease, diabetes and multiple others which are essential for filtering and metabolizing anesthetic – as well as other factors present that might cause complications during or post-surgery. It helps to identify if the pet has current infections, low platelets or hematocrit levels, both which are essential for clotting and healing properly. The feline leukemia and feline aids snap test help determine if pet has been exposed to these diseases.
This simple test checks for any abnormalities present specific to the heart. It will identify and help diagnose arrhythmia, Tachycardia, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiomegaly and multiple others. It also gives specific recommendations for safe anesthetic protocols to be sure the pet’s heart is in good health and can handle going under anesthetic. Additional diagnostics may be recommended to confirm diagnosis such as radiographs to determine heart size.
These are taken to check look for any abnormalities within the heart and lungs. We also check for metastasis (cancer or tumors) prior to putting animals under. It can also be helpful in detecting/diagnosing feline asthma. If any abnormalities are noted, we generally will send these x-rays of to a board-certified radiologist to confirm a diagnosis.
Small abdominal incision for removal of ovaries. We use sutures that will be absorbed, so no need for removal 2 weeks later.
IV port for injectable anesthetics and to administer IV fluids, also ideal for emergency situations or surgical complications- helps administer life- saving drugs quickly directly into the blood stream.
During surgery IV fluids help maintain blood pressure and rehydrate pets.
Pre-surgical pain injection
Helps sedate pet so they are less nervous and deters pain for 4-6 hours after surgery to keep them comfortable and pain free.
Full Anesthetic Monitoring
Our surgical technicians are well trained, careful & caring, we monitor each pet like they are our own. We understand putting pets under for anesthetic procedures can be stressful, so rest assured your pet will be in good hands. While under anesthetic, we closely monitor:
- SPO2 Levels
Oxygen saturation levels in the pet’s blood.
- Tongue & Gum Color
Indicates how pet is reacting to anesthetic, and therefore can be adjusted to each individual pet’s needs.
- Pet’s Heart Rate & Breaths per Minute
Helps Indicate pain, how effectively gas anesthetic is working to sedate pet, and overall how pet is handling anesthetic.
Post-Surgical Oral Pain medication
Usually an oral medication that is sent home with owner and given for the next couple days post-surgery to be sure pet is happy pain free. Both liquid or tablets are available based on your preference.