Surgery & Anesthesia
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Just like for us humans, sometimes it can feel scary when a loved one has to undergo surgery and anesthesia — and it’s understandable that you might worry about your furry family member. But it’s important to know that we care deeply about your pet’s safety and wellbeing. And, we use many different measures to keep your pet safe and comfortable. Here at Animal Medical Clinic at St. Johns, we offer a variety of surgical services, ranging from routine spays and neuters, to special procedures such as abdominal surgeries, mass removals, eye and ear surgeries, and many more. Here’s what you can expect from us…
Safety measuresFor all procedures requiring anesthesia or sedation, we’ll monitor your pet’s:
- Breathing rate
- Gum color
- Oxygen levels
- Hydration status
- Prior to surgery, recommend bloodwork or other tests as needed to ensure your pet is healthy prior to anesthesia.
- On the day of surgery, place an IV catheter (which helps us deliver fluids, to maintain healthy blood pressure).
- Use a well-balanced anesthesia protocol (this means, we create a plan that balances different medications for pain, relaxation, and anesthesia; this reduces the risk of side effects from any particular anesthetic drug, and it can be adjusted for your individual pet’s needs).
- Keep your pet warm the whole time.
- After the surgery, we continue monitoring your pet until they’re fully awake and ready to go home.