Anesthesia Made Safer

Testing for liver and kidney function.

Blood work

Your pet will have blood work performed prior to anesthesia to determine how well the major organs are functioning. The liver and kidneys are critical to removing anesthesia drugs from the body. The doctor will evaluate the blood tests and decide on the best anesthesia protocol for your pet. In some cases, she may decide to postpone the anesthesia. 

 

Molly is getting an IV catheter for fluids before her surgery.

IV fluids

An intravenous (IV) catheter will be placed in your pet's leg prior to anesthesia so that fluids can be given during the entire procedure. The IV fluids help maintain blood pressure so that blood can flow properly to the liver, kidneys, heart, and brain. The catheter also allows the doctor to inject medicines directly into the vein if needed. 

 

Hector staying warm during his dental cleaning.

Warming

During anesthesia, your pet is not able to maintain his normal body temperature. Loving Paws Pet Clinic prevents hypothermia by supplying heat with the Hot Dog warming blanket. This blanket can be wrapped around your pet during anesthesia. After anesthesia, we provide other heat sources such as warmed rice socks and heated gel pads to warm your pet up while they wake up. 

 

Monitoring during anesthesia

Monitoring

Your pet is closely monitored during anesthesia with a state of the art monitoring device. Blood pressure, ECG (electrocardiogram), oxygen levels, carbon dioxide levels, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate are all monitored throughout anesthesia. All of this information allows us to adjust the anesthesia as needed to keep your pet as safe as possible. 

 

Addie loved her warm towel after her anesthesia.

Recovery

After anesthesia, your pet will be in a state of disorientation. An assistant or technician will set with your pet, keep him warm, and comfort him as he wakes. Pets are never left alone until they are fully awake. Most pets are able to go home the same day after anesthesia once they are awake and aware.