Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring
Anesthesia and patient monitoring varies greatly among hospitals. Our anesthetized patients are monitored using our very strict protocols to ensure the ultimate in safety. We have several pieces of equipment to monitor heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, respiratory rate, body temperature, and EKG. These parameters are monitored and recorded on EVERY anesthetized pet.
Anesthetics are chosen based on their safety for each individual situation. Very young and very old patients require special anesthetics. Anesthetics can also be chosen based on their ability to control pain.
To help us decide on the anesthetic to use, we recommend that each pet receives some blood work before hand to evaluate organ function.
We also recommend that each anesthetic patient receives an intravenous catheter to receive warm fluids during any procedure and also allow quick IV access as required during the anesthetic.