Pre surgical consultation with a highly trained staff member discussing the procedure and risks involved.
Physical examination including auscultation of the heart and lungs is performed prior to the procedure to evaluate surgical risk. Additionally we may identify other problems that could be resolved during the anesthesia saving repeated anesthetic procedures and saving you money.
Pre surgical blood screens are highly recommended and in some cases required. Anesthetic protocols may be adjusted if your animal is identified to have problems relating to the liver or kidneys. In some cases the procedure may be postponed if blood values indicate more serious problems.
Preoperative pain control and sedation are provided prior to the induction of general anesthesia. 15-20 minutes prior to induction of anesthesia your pet is provided with medications that will sedate and calm your animal. In addition studies show that providing pain medication prior to surgery provides more post operative pain control.
IV Catheterization and Fluid Administration
Catheterization provides the first line of care in the unlikely event that a problem should arise during anesthesia. Without immediate access to a vein, medications that could save your pets life are difficult if not impossible to administer. In addition, warmed fluids provided during the anesthetic procedure keep your animal’s temperature regulated and blood pressure maintained to the vital organs.
Modern Anesthetic Agents
Redmond Veterinary Clinic uses modern inhalant anesthetics to allow for rapid and smooth adjustments in anesthetic levels during the procedure.
Trained Technicians monitor the anesthetic process from induction through recovery. In addition, extensive use of monitoring equipment is monitored continuously by a Trained Technician so that the surgeon can concentrate on the procedure at hand. Monitoring devices allow us to track your animal’s temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation in the blood. Moment by moment evaluation of these levels allow us to adjust anesthetic levels or provide medications prior to a potential problem.
Anesthesia reduces the bodies ability to thermo regulate and cold animals recover from anesthesia slower. Multiple techniques are utilized to keep your animal warm during and following anesthesia. Heated water blankets are used to maintain your pet’s temperature during and following anesthesia.
Gas or steam sterilized instruments are used separately for all sterile procedures. The use of multiple pre sterilized instrument packs allows us to avoid having to “cold sterilize” (dip in a disinfectant solution) the instruments that does not necessarily provide for complete sterilization.
Prior to or just following the completion of the surgical procedure your animal will receive an analgesic injection that will provide several hours of post operative pain control. Every surgical procedure creates pain even if your animal doesn’t “show pain”.
Empirical evidence at our hospital shows that animals that are hospitalized for the night following spay or neuter have significantly decreased post operative complications. In addition this provides for our staff to evaluate your pet the next morning. Should your animal require intensive care we will recommend taking your pet to the local emergency clinic for continous monitoring.
Discharge Instructions and Follow Up Care
Our trained technical staff will address all post operative care instructions when you pick your animal up. If necessary suture/staple removal is provided at no charge. If there is a problem following the procedure a doctor or technician is available to address your concerns.