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A Step Above With Anesthesia Safety

Having a pet undergo anesthesia can cause anxiety for pet owners.  We work hard to keep your pet safe and comfortable during anesthesia.  In order to achieve this we have thorough anesthesia monitoring procedures and educated, competent licensed veterinary technicians working on your pet!

The Licensed Surgery Veterinary Technician is the most important monitoring tool during an anesthetic procedure. This team member is trained to observe and monitor the patient throughout the entire procedure, from induction until recovery. The technician coordinates with the veterinarian to adjusts the anesthetic levels according to the patient's vital signs and ensures that the patient remains stable throughout the procedure.

The Electrocardiogram (abbreviated as ECG or EKG). An ECG shows the rate and electrical pattern of the heartbeat. It will detect and show abnormal heartbeats called arrhythmias. If an arrhythmia is detected, the anesthetist will make appropriate changes in anesthesia and/or administer emergency medications.

The Heart Rate Monitor measures the number of heartbeats per minute. Heart rate must be maintained within a certain range. The depth of anesthesia and surgical stimulation can both affect heart rate. By monitoring heart rate, increases or decreases can be detected early and anesthetic adjustments made quickly, resulting in smoother & safer anesthesia for our patients.

The Blood Pressure Monitor measures the systolic (when the heart contracts or pumps) and occasionally the diastolic (when the heart relaxes or refills) blood pressure. Coupled with other monitoring equipment, this gives detailed information on the cardiovascular status of the patient and the level of their anesthesia.

The Respirometer measures the number breaths per minute.

The Core Body Temperature is monitored, especially during a prolonged surgery. Low or high body temperature can cause dangerous complications. Maintenance of normal body temperature is especially important in small or pediatric patients that are more prone to hypothermia (low body temperature) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels).  

Pulse Oximetry is used to monitor the amount of oxygen in your pet's blood (Sp02) and the pulse rate. This instrument should always be used in conjunction with other pieces of monitoring equipment.

Intravenous Catheter use provides IV fluids to keep your pet hydrated and allows us to maintain a safe and appropriate blood pressure for your pet. It can also be used to provide needed treatments like antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medicines or emergency medications.

Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork allows us to ensure that the inside of your pet looks as good as the outside. If we are aware of changes to your pets organ function and/or electrolytes, we can often correct these changes or choose difference anesthetic medications to ensure your pet tolerates them safely.  If necessary we will post-pone your pet's procedure until we have properly addressed the bloodwork changes.

Although the risk of an anesthesia reaction or complication is low, problems can develop.  By vigilantly monitoring your pet we can detect and correct changes early to help keep your pet safe. We also have had our anesthesia equipment certified and have it maintained regularly by a certified anesthesia technician,