Your pet will have an IV catheter placed in his or her front leg so fluids can be given during the procedure, and we administer a pre-anesthetic injection to calm anxiety. During any procedure, your pet is kept warm and is monitored continually for blood pressure, heart rate, mucus membrane color, capillary refill time, breaths per minute, oxygen level, and body temperature throughout the surgery.
In almost every procedure we perform, the laser has replaced the traditional scalpel in the operating room. Because the laser cauterizes blood vessels and nerve endings as it incises, the result is less pain, bleeding, and swelling. Your pet will be under anesthesia for less time, and postoperative infection and discomfort risks are reduced.
Please note that routine surgeries may be postponed if an emergency case presents itself to us or if your pet is not well enough for the procedure. We feel unnecessary risks must be avoided and will take precautions to minimize potential complications. If there are concerns with diagnostic results or your pet’s condition warrants it, we may need to treat your pet with medication and/or diet prior to his or her anesthetic procedure. We will reschedule your pet for another time after the doctor clears him or her for anesthesia.