Anesthesia and Pre-anesthetic Testing
Prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery, your pet will receive a thorough exam by the veterinary surgeon. The recommendation to perform pre-Anesthesia blood work can identify potential hidden illnesses that may put your pet at risk during anesthesia and surgery. The results of these tests and your pet’s previous anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age are all considered to create an individualized anesthesia protocol to sedate, induce and properly maintain anesthesia for your pet’s surgery. During anesthesia, your pet is cared for by a well-trained and experienced veterinary technician using our monitoring system which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level.
The issue of pain management is of great concern to pet owners today. We all know that pain hurts. It can also have other detrimental effects on your pet’s body, slows healing, decreases activity, causes behavioral changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression), and worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. As in human medicine, we have a variety of medications available to manage your pets pain, before and after surgery, in the event of trauma or even chronic long term conditions. At Saco Veterinary clinic we evaluate individual patient needs to ensure the most up-to-date pain management protocols to comfort your pet.