We often use anesthesia for procedures that we perform on your pets. While anesthesia is always risky, there are several steps we take at Ridge Runner to help decrease the risk.
On the day of your pet’s procedure, we always perform a physical examination to ensure he or she is healthy enough to have anesthesia. We also look at a sample of his or her blood. The blood is analyzed to see how well your pet will tolerate the drugs we use to sedate and anesthetize animals. If any values are of concern, we will call you to let you know. We may decide to postpone surgery or to use different medications for sedation.
Once your pet is sedated, we place an IV catheter to ensure the medications we use to anesthetize your dog are given directly into the vein. We also use this catheter to give fluids to your pet because some animals can become dehydrated during surgery.
When your pet is under anesthesia, we monitor vital signs such as blood pressure, EKG, oxygenation, and heart rate. We have a technician dedicated to monitoring these vital signs throughout the entire procedure. Changes to these values will signal us to give medications, change the anesthesia levels we are giving, or even wake your pet up and cancel the procedure if it is not an emergency surgery.
We keep animals in the hospital for at least several hours to allow us to monitor them as they wake up from anesthesia. Animals can be groggy from anesthesia for hours and up to a day. We will discuss any concerns about your pet’s anesthetic recovery by phone and at your discharge appointment.
We do our best to make anesthesia as safe as possible for your pet. If you have any questions before or after your pet undergoes a procedure, please don’t hesitate to call.