We understand that surgery and anesthesia can be very scary. We take all anesthetic cases very seriously. We thoroughly screen all of our patients to make sure there are no hidden complications by performing exams before every anesthesia and requiring minimum baseline lab testing based on species, breed, and age. We use multimodal pain management. This not only reduces postoperative pain (which is very important) but also reduces the depth of anesthesia which increases safety. All of our patients who undergo procedures of more than 5 minutes have an IV catheter and fluids to help bolster their blood pressure.
We use extensive monitoring of our patients under anesthesia, using our ECG, oxygen saturation. blood pressure, temperature, and end-tidal CO2 monitors. One of our medical team is assigned to your pet, from initial exam, through pre-anesthetic medications, anesthesia, and postoperatively. For your pet’s safety, we only perform one surgical procedure at a time. We use an objective pain scoring system in order to make sure that if your pet is in pain, they immediately get the relief they need. We also routinely use laser surgery. Lasers reduce bleeding and also, by searing nerve endings, reduce pain on recovery. We also use low-level laser therapy postoperatively to reduce pain, swelling and speed up healing.