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When we hear the word anesthesia most of us get a little anxious, so it’s understandable to feel the same way about your pet being anesthetized. Cedar Creek has an excellent, well-trained veterinary team that can make you feel relaxed and comfortable when you leave your pet here for an anesthetic procedure.
Before Anesthesia: Our veterinarians will perform a thorough physical exam on your pet, review your pet’s medical history and take the time to discuss any risk factors. Performing blood tests on your pet may also be necessary to check for possible developing or underlying medical problems, or other anesthetic risks. If you have any questions about your pet’s health, anesthetic risks, or the surgery itself, please do not hesitate to ask prior to the surgery.
During Anesthesia: While the veterinarian is performing the surgical procedure on your pet under anesthesia, your pet will receive excellent monitoring care from one of our Licensed Veterinary Technicians. We monitor your pet’s heart rate, heart rhythm (ECG), blood oxygenation and temperature. We also provide warming blankets to prevent hypothermia. Each pet receives an anesthetic protocol that is catered specifically to them.
After Anesthesia: Once the procedure is done and it’s time for your pet to wake up from the anesthesia, your pet will be placed in a quiet area to recover. Pets are closely monitored by our well trained veterinary team during this time to make sure that they are recovering normally and that care is provided quickly if there are any problems. Heating pads and blankets are used to keep your pet warm during the recovery. Your pet also receives post-op pain and antibiotic injections at this time.
When your pet is recovering you will receive a phone call from the veterinarian letting you know how the procedure went. Depending on type of procedure, he or she may be sent home later in the day (once adequately recovered from anesthesia) or they may need to remain in the hospital overnight. Feel free to ask about post-anesthesia hospitalization time, as it varies from procedure to procedure.
Anesthesia does have risks. While complications can occur, our veterinary team will take all of the necessary precautions to ensure that your pet is safe and can handle anesthesia. The risks of anesthesia should always be considered along with the benefits. The risks and benefits of any alternatives to anesthesia should also be considered. We are here for you and your pet and strive to give the best care possible. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at any time.