We know that having a pet undergo anesthesia creates some anxiety for their humans. At St Francis, we feel confident that we provide the most current anesthetic and pain management protocols tailored to your individual pet.
Pre-anesthetic blood work is recommended on every patient to evaluate his or her organ function, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This may be performed in advance or on the morning of the procedure.
Every pet under anesthesia receives constant monitoring by a qualified dedicated veterinary technician. We use an injectable combination of medications, followed by gas anesthesia (isofluorane) for most patients. Patients are intubated to provide airway access, and most patients have an intravenous catheter with IV fluid therapy while under anesthesia. Patients are also provided with thermal support to prevent hypothermia.
Your pet is monitored with a pulse oximeter, an electrocardiogram (ECG), and a blood pressure machine. Veterinary technicians are continuously monitoring and recording your pet’s heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and anesthetic depth.
Depending on the procedure, your pet may receive non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications (Rimadyl or Metacam), opioid pain medications (hydromorphone, morphine, butorphanol, or buprenorphine), constant rate infusions (CRIs) of intravenous pain medications, a transdermal fentanyl patch, and/or local anesthetic blocks to provide multi-modal pain management.
Your pet is closely monitored before, during, and after anesthesia. If complications arise, our veterinarians will discuss them with you immediately. All clients will receive a post-operative call from the veterinarian or technician with an update on their pet’s status.