Anesthesia and Surgery

Is anesthesia safe for my pet?

Yes. We tailor our choice of anesthesia to each individual pet so that we can make sure our plan is as safe as possible, and very importantly, pain control is started before anesthesia and continued during and after surgery.

There are other important ways that we make sure anesthesia is safe for your pet. Every patient has a:

  • Physical exam prior to anesthesia 
  • Pre-anesthetic bloodwork to detect any underling problems

What happens when my pet is under anesthesia?

When your pet is under anesthesia, we monitor vital parameters such as:

  • Heart rate and rhythm (EKG)
  • Respiratory rate
  • Oxygenation of the blood
  • Blood pressure
  • Body temperature

Since body temperature and blood pressure usually decrease under anesthesia, we take steps to make sure your pet is kept warm and blood pressure is maintained at an appropriate level. We accomplish this by:

  • Using a patient warming blanket filled with warm air evenly distributed around your pet
  • Administering warm intravenous (IV) fluids during surgery

It is very important to have an IV catheter in place during anesthesia and surgery so that we can respond to a possible adverse event quickly and have the best chance for resolving the problem.

What types of surgeries do you perform?

Surgeries performed in our clinic include soft tissue surgeries like spays, neuters, skin biopsies/mass removals, and certain surgeries involving the gastrointestinal system (stomach and intestines) and bladder.

Read more about our Orthopedic Surgery options under the Services menu.



When would my pet be referred to a surgeon?

We refer our patients to a board certified surgeon for:

  • Orthopedic surgery (like fracture repair and knee surgery)
  • Complex or delicate soft tissue surgeries (like surgeries involving the heart, lungs, and liver)
  • Neurosurgery (like intervertebral disc disease or trauma to the spine)
  • Oncologic surgery (like tumor removals and reconstruction if needed)