A major concern among pet owners whose pets go into surgery is ensuring they are kept safe during the procedure, especially when it comes to the potential risks associated with anesthesia. Even the most minor surgery can seem like a frightening experience if you don’t have a full understanding of what’s going to happen once your pet is on the operating table. It’s important to be aware of your vet’s surgical monitoring protocols so you can ensure that your pet is safe before, during, and after surgical procedures that require anesthesia. For more information about pet surgery and the advanced surgical monitoring services at Animal Medical Center, call today at (814) 443-6979.
Understanding the Importance of Careful Surgical Monitoring
Pet surgery and the administration and monitoring of anesthesia for surgical procedures requires a significant amount of knowledge and skill. And, the safety of your pet in surgery depends a great deal on your vet’s awareness and thorough understanding of the principles of anesthetic monitoring. Many pet owners worry that their pet will react poorly to being put under anesthesia, but the truth is that only about one in 100,000 animals have a reaction to anesthesia. In fact, your pet faces a greater risk of injury due to riding in the car to and from the vet’s office than he does going under anesthesia during surgery. And, many surgical procedures cannot be performed without anesthesia.
That being said, careful surgical monitoring is critical to keeping your pet safe during surgery, especially when anesthesia is administered. It is the sole responsibility of the anesthetist in the operating room to closely monitor your pet’s condition before, during and after the surgical procedure to ensure that his or her vitals remain consistent. The following vitals will be measured regularly throughout to avoid any surgical complications until your pet is no longer under the influence of the anesthesia:
- Blood pressure
- Body temperature
- Respiration, airways and pulse rates
- Blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels
- ECG or EKG
In addition to monitoring bodily functions and rates, the veterinarian and anesthetist will also monitor equipment functions, such as anesthetic level, vaporizer and oxygen flowmeter settings, and the pressure relief (pop-off) valve.
Pet Surgery at Animal Medical Center
Animal Medical Center routinely performs elective surgeries, like feline declawing and spay and neuter procedures, as well as more complex operations, like bladder surgery and exploratory surgery. Any surgical procedure your pet undergoes at Animal Medical Center will include a unique anesthesia protocol tailored to your pets needs. We understand that every pet is different, and we have certain pet surgery protocols and practices in place to accommodate these differences. AMC also has in-house pulse oximetry, electrocardiogram and blood pressure equipment which allow your vet to closely monitor your pet’s condition during surgery.
Call Animal Medical Center Today
Many pet owners are fearful of surgical procedures that involve their pet being anesthetized. And, while this is a legitimate concern for some surgeries, any potential risks of anesthesia can be minimized with proper planning before surgery, careful monitoring during the procedure, and competent aftercare and follow-up. Our skilled veterinarians at Animal Medical Center are dedicated to providing professional veterinary care for pets of all kinds. To achieve that goal, they will do everything in their power to keep your pet safe during surgery. For more information about pet surgery at AMC, call (814) 443-6979 to speak to an experienced vet about our surgical monitoring services.