River Run Animal Hospital makes safe, predictable anesthesia and comfortable recovery from surgery top priorities.
Our patients are monitored before, throughout, and after the surgical procedure.
- Before the procedure, the patient has pre-surgical exam, blood-work is done, and an IV catheter is placed for IV fluids and a safe induction.
- During the procedure, to optimize anesthetic safety, we use:
- Well-trained and proficient technical personnel
- End tidal carbon-dioxide sensors
- Oxygen saturation monitoring
- A variety of sensitive cardiopulmonary monitoring devices
- Continuous electrocardiography
- Apnea monitors Continuous temperature and blood pressure monitoring
- After the procedure, the patient is kept on oxygen until they wake up. Their vitals are monitored throughout the day until they get picked-up.
- During their recovery at home:
Wait at least two hours after getting home before feeding. Feed your pet only 1/4 to 1/2 the normal amount of food and water or offer ice cubes. This will help prevent your pet from vomiting. Pets may feel nauseous after surgery or anesthesia and vomit if given large amounts of water or food. Tomorrow you may offer food and water as usual, unless otherwise instructed by your pet’s doctor.
Watch your pet for the following signs:
• Completely unresponsive/inability to stand
• Refusal to eat or drink for more than 24 hours
• Swelling/bleeding from the incision site
• Pale/white mucus membranes (view the gum tissue inside the mouth)
• Severe vomiting or diarrhea
If you notice any of these symptoms, or have any questions or concerns about the health of your pet, please contact us immediately. If we are is closed, please contact your local emergency veterinary hospital.