Anesthesia and Surgery
It is almost assured that at some point in their life, your pet will need to undergo anesthesia, whether it be for a routine procedure such as spay, neuter, or dental cleaning, a minor surgery for a skin growth removal, or a major internal surgery.
We understand that many people are apprehensive about having their pet undergo anesthesia. While any anesthesia comes with risk, we attempt to minimize this by taking important safety precautions, closely monitoring our patients, and utilizing anesthetics we are experienced and comfortable using.
Your pet will receive exceptional care while at our hospital. Anytime your pet requires full anesthesia, we will
•Perform a comprehensive physical exam the morning of anesthesia and ask you to answer a few questions about how your pet has been feeling the past few days when you drop them off for their procedure.
•Highly recommend having current blood testing performed (within 2 weeks and can be done the morning of anesthesia). Anesthesia is safest when we know the health of your pet’s organs and can make any alterations to medications or take precautions to prevent problems that could arise.
•Introduce a tube down their windpipe to allow them to breathe freely and receive the proper amounts of oxygen and anesthetic necessary for anesthesia. This is also a safety precaution in case your pet were to have breathing complications during the anesthesia, we can support them as necessary.
•Place an intravenous catheter in your pet’s front leg so that we can administer fluids during the procedure. This is also a safety precaution that allows us to administer any necessary medications immediately, should your pet require it.
•Lay your pet on an electric warming blanket during the procedure to keep them warm and speed their recovery.
•Closely monitor your pet’s vitals both electronically and by an experienced certified veterinary technician. This includes blood pressure measurement, heart rate, blood oxygen level, respirations depth and frequency, gum color, and temperature. Your pet’s reflexes are also monitored to ensure the proper depth of anesthesia is maintained.
•Continue to monitor your pet closely while they recover in a warm, comfortable location, attending to any needs they may have. We pay very careful attention to signs of discomfort in your pet and tailor pain medications to their needs.
We perform surgery in a manner that helps protect your pet from the risk of post-surgical infection. Dr. Van Tassel is a conscientious, skilled surgeon with over 10 years of experience. The surgical procedures we perform, include (but are not limited to)
•spay and neuter
•skin growth removal
•oral periodontal therapy
•declaw in cats (front only)
•foreign body removal
•ear hematoma repair
•cruciate ligament repair
All scheduled surgeries are performed weekday mornings. Your pet will be carefully monitored throughout the day until they are awake enough to send home. For your pet’s safety, it’s extremely important they remain quiet after surgery, particularly the first 24 hours. If you are more comfortable having your pet with us for the first 24 hours after surgery, we can hospitalize your pet overnight at no additional charge.
When your pet is scheduled for surgery:
•Food should be withheld after 10pm the night before surgery.
•Water can be left out for your pet until they arrive at the hospital.
•If your pet is taking any medications, call us for instructions.
•Please plan to drop your pet off the morning of surgery between 8 and 8:30a.m. unless you have made prior arrangements with us.
When you pick up your pet after surgery, we will answer any questions you might have and discuss any nursing care that will be needed at home including pain management. You’ll also receive these instructions in written form to refer to once you’re home. However, if you have any questions about your pet at any time, please feel free to call us.