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Posted on 09-14-2017
There are many procedures that require anesthesia for pets, ranging from various emergency surgeries, to spay or neuter surgery, and even dental procedures. Understandably, many pet owners are concerned about what happens to their pet when they are put "under" for one of these procedures. At Waldorf Emergency Care, our Waldorf emergency veterinarian is sensitive to these concerns and is ready to help ease the mind of both owners and their pets about what exactly to expect.
Before your pet is given anesthesia at our Waldorf animal hospital, we want to make sure that he can handle being put under for whatever procedure is needed. In order to do this, we conduct a Pre-anesthetic evaluation, including blood work and health evaluation of organs such as the liver and kidneys to make sure pet can handle anesthesia.
If your pet is deemed healthy enough, the next step is to give your pet a combination of anxiety aids which will help prepare him/her for actually being put under. By giving a combination of medications, we can reduce the chance of overdose or adverse effects from one specific medication. Having a relaxed pet also helps our Waldorf emergency veterinarian take care of important preparations, such as inserting an intravenous catheter to better access the pet's veins in order to properly monitor fluids. Other preparations include inserting a flexible tube in the airway in order to better monitor breathing through the procedure.
Because we are an emergency Waldorf animal hospital, putting pets under in order to perform an operation or procedure is something we do frequently, but even so close monitoring is necessary, which includes monitoring of anesthetic inhalant to assure that pets don't wake during procedure, as well as vital statistics such as heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, breathing rate, and temperature. This monitoring is considered an important aspect of each pet's treatment and continues until the effects of the anesthesia have worn off.
If your pet needs emergency care in Waldorf, MD, Waldorf Emergency Care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help with whatever veterinary emergency arises for your dog, cat, small animal, farm animal, reptile, or bird. Contact us at 301-705-9700 and ask about our new client special.
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