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INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PET'S ANESTHESIA AND SURGERY

OVERNIGHT CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE ANESTHESIA

As a general rule, your pet should not eat anything after midnight before your pet's surgery. It is necessary to have an empty stomach so that your pet does not vomit during anesthesia. Vomiting during anesthesia may cause food or fluid to enter the lungs and increase your pet's chances of developing pneumonia. Under some circumstances, for example anesthesia involving very young puppies and kittens, you may be given instructions to feed your pet up to a few hours before its anesthesia.

Some medications should be given to your pet the day of anesthesia and others should not. It is important to discuss this with our office. Do not interrupt medications unless we recommend it.

DAY OF SURGERY

After your arrival to our hospital the day of surgery, our client relations personnel will greet you and update any relevant information. Then you will meet one of the specially trained veterinary technicians who will be directly involved with the care of your pet on the day of its surgery. The technician will review any medical and anesthesia history, go though the admission process, and will answer any further questions you may have. Please provide contact information and at least one telephone number where you can be reached at all times during your pet's hospital stay.

The veterinary technician who will be with your pet throughout anesthesia, surgery and recovery will record your pet's vital signs, and evaluate your pet with the veterinarian to complete any medical assessment and laboratory tests. Our advanced anesthetic methods and an advanced pain management program are used to develop your pet's individualized perioperative plan. Preoperative medications will be given and intravenous fluids will be started.

Your pet's veterinarian and the technician assigned to your pet are personally responsible for your pet's comfort and well-being. The veterinarian leads the anesthesia care team to monitor as well as manage your pet's vital body functions during your surgery. Your pet's veterinarian is also responsible for managing medical problems that might arise related to surgery. A member of your pet's anesthesia team will be with your pet throughout its procedure and until recovery is complete.

After surgery, your pet will be taken to the post anesthesia recovery area. Your pet's veterinarian will direct the monitoring and medications needed for your pet's safe recovery. Your pet will be watched closely by your pet's veterinary technician until it has fully recovered from anesthesia. During this period, your pet may be given extra oxygen or other medications as indicated. Your pet's vital signs and pain assessment will be observed closely.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS

The amount of discomfort your pet experiences will depend on a number of factors, especially the type of surgery. We decrease the amount of pain your pet will experience by beginning the treatment of pain before your pet's surgery, during the surgical procedure and in recovery. We can relieve your pet's pain after surgery by numbing the area around the incision with local nerve blocks before the procedure, and with medicines given by mouth or injection. Similar to pain control with us, your pet's discomfort should be tolerable, but it may not be totally pain-free.

Nausea or vomiting may be related to anesthesia, the type of surgical procedure or postoperative pain medications. Although less of a problem today because of improved anesthetic agents and techniques, these side effects may occur for some of our patients. Please call if your pet has any symptoms or problems, or if you have any concerns.

TAKING YOUR PET HOME

You will be scheduled with a discharge appointment to meet with the doctor or a member of our healthcare team. Both written and verbal instructions specifically to your pet's anesthesia and surgery will be given to you when your pet goes home.

It is strongly suggested that you have someone stay with your pet during the first 12 hours after sedation or 24 hours after anesthesia.

Call our hospital 682-0881 if you have any concerns regarding your pet or if your pet needs emergency help after you go home. If we can not be reached, contact the VETERINARY MEDICAL CENTER, 446-0920.

Please ask questions! This information is intended to help you understand what to expect from your pet's anesthesia and surgery so you can play a more active role in your pet's recovery process. Your experience will be easier if you know what usually happens and what you should expect.

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