What Our Veterinarian Wants You To Know About Pet Anesthesia
All Friends Veterinary Hospital in East Islip wants to assure you that we will do whatever it takes to make sure your pet is safe and comfortable while undergoing surgery or procedures that require anesthesia. Just like people, animals need to be sedated to ensure no pain is felt and that there is no movement during the operation.
- Your veterinarian will obtain a full health history of your pet, and do bloodwork to check for any problems.
- To reduce the likelihood of negative reactions to anesthesia, inform the doctor about your pet’s health history, medications, supplements, and previous reactions to anesthesia. Follow directions concerning pre-surgery restrictions such as food, water, and medicines.
- Our veterinary staff will first sedate your pet in order to calm him or her. Many times this will cut down on the amount of anesthesia needed, and can aid in quicker recovery after surgery.
- Once your furry animal is sedated, an IV will be inserted in his or her vein, either the front or back limbs. This will be used to administer fluids and any drugs needed.
- The next step is the placement of a soft tube into the trachea. This tube will dispense an anesthetic combined with oxygen and other gases. Because your pet is unconscious, his or her reflex to cough and gag is suppressed. The tube prevents any stomach acids from entering the airway and lungs.
- There will be continuous monitoring during the surgery. Just like a human in an operating room, your loved family member will receive complete attention.
- Most pets return to normal the same day or possibly even by the time you pick them up.
- Older animals or those with further health complications may take some time to recover.
- Regardless of your pet's age or health, watch for warning signs that are included in the post-surgery directions. If anything seems wrong, see our veterinarian immediately.
- Your vet may send your animal home with pain medications. Make certain you give these at the recommended time even if your furry companion doesn't seem to be hurting. These meds are also used to keep the animal calm so the incision has time to heal properly.
All Friends Veterinary Hospital in East Islip is a full-service animal hospital. Whether your companion pet needs surgery or vaccinations, we are here to help. Our team of trained experts will love and care for your pet like if he or she is part of our family. Contact us today at (631) 277-8700 to schedule a pet surgery appointment.