Today’s modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at Lawrence Veterinary Hospital we do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering anesthetics to ensure that a fever or other illness won’t be a problem. We also adjust the amount and type of anesthetic used depending on the health of your pet.
Preanesthetic blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia. Every pet needs blood testing before surgery to ensure that the liver, kidneys and other internal organs can handle the anesthetic. Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If there is a problem, it is much better to be aware of it before surgery.
We offer three levels of in-house blood testing before surgery, which we will go over with you when you bring your pet in. We recommend a comprehensive screen because it gives the most helpful information to ensure the safety of your pet. For geriatric or ill pets, additional blood tests, electrocardiograms, or x-rays may be required before surgery.
All anesthetic procedures are closely monitored by our highly trained and attentive staff. Our anesthesia monitoring equipment allows us to constantly track your pet?s heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and oxygen carrying capacity. In addition, we recommend placing an intravenous catheter prior to surgery. Intravenous fluids increase blood perfusion to the vital organs and maintain blood pressure during anesthesia.
Please withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours before surgery. Water can be given to the pet up until the morning of surgery. It is important that surgery be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia.