You can be reassured that at Bethel Veterinary Hospital, the team takes our role of caretaker of your pets for procedures under anesthesia very seriously, and we are honored that you would entrust their care to us.
The first thing to remember is we are diligent in ruling out problems ahead of time that could cause problems for your pet under anesthesia. Physical exam, bloodwork, and if needed x-rays are evaluated to establish each pet’s safe candidacy. In the case of geriatric animals, as well as exotic pets, an anesthetic known as sevoflurane is available to provide for their unique nature and special needs.
Secondly, once your pet is under anesthesia, the team employs a wide array of monitoring devices on your pet from the moment we begin. These machines together with the watchful eyes of our doctors and support staff are there to achieve the highest levels of safety possible. EKG, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and carbon dioxide level are all included. In addition, all pets have an IV catheter in place, as well as IV fluids administered throughout their procedure. Most importantly, a dedicated anesthesia technician is assigned to your pet to be closely watching for problems while the rest of the team focuses on the surgery itself.
Please speak with our staff with any questions or concerns you have about anesthesia and your pet. We are always glad at any time to listen and to help you to feel more comfortable with decisions you may face.