At Beatline Oaks Veterinary Hospital, your pet’s comfort and safety are our primary concern. Because anesthesia and surgery can be a stressful time for your pet and you, we do all we can to minimize any stress and discomfort, and to maximize safety. We understand that cost can be a factor in choosing your pet’s health care. Therefore, we would like to describe our standard of care and how it benefits your pet and you.
Pain Management: Research has shown that animals feel pain in much the same way as we do. Unfortunately, they do a poor job of informing us of their pain and will instinctively try to hide symptoms of pain. Pain management involves not only anesthesia, but a variety of additional medications given solely to relieve pain associated with surgery. We ensure your pet does not experience pain during or after surgery.
IV Catheters/Fluids: All patients receive an IV catheter prior to undergoing general anesthesia. This allows us to administer medications more comfortably to your pet, and provides us access to a vein should an emergency arise during surgery or anesthesia. Through this catheter, your pet will also receive IV fluid support from specialized pumps that deliver precise amount of fluids. Intravenous fluids help maintain blood pressure, provide internal organ support and keep your pet from becoming dehydrated.
Anesthesia: Prior to surgery and anesthesia, we perform a thorough evaluation of your pet’s age, breed, general health via a physical exam and laboratory tests. Then, based on the individual needs of each patient and the type of surgery or procedure that will be performed, we choose from several types of sedatives, local and general anesthetics, plus pain control medications. Our goal is to insure your pet is as safe and comfortable as possible.
Patient Monitoring: All patients under anesthesia are monitored with an EKG and respiratory monitor. In addition, a veterinary technician monitors and records vital signs during anesthesia, and stays with your pet until fully recovered.
Pre-Anesthetic Tests: We require all patients to have a blood test prior to general anesthesia. Our in-house lab can provide information before surgery which can alert us of abnormalities before anesthesia and surgery are performed. These tests provide information about the liver, kidneys, blood sugar levels and the ability of the red blood cells to carry oxygen. Many subtle problems can be detected only through a complete blood count (CBC) or blood chemistries.
Monitoring Body Temperature: Heat support is a major part of safe surgery and rapid recovery.
Therefore, all surgeries are performed on a heated surgery pad and the patient’s body temperature
is monitored during both surgery and recovery.
Once your pet is ready to go home, detailed discharge instructions are provided to you by a doctor
or technician. Most surgical patients are seen 7 – 14 days after discharge, to examine your pet’s
surgical site or remove surgical sutures.