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PATIENT CARE FOR SURGERY

Standard of Care for Anesthesia, Surgery and Pain Control

The following information is to provide general information about the CURRENT STANDARD OF CARE for safe anesthesia, pain control, and surgery; in this case for your pet's spay or neuter surgery. (Remember spays are major abdominal surgical procedures.) This information also applies to other surgeries and procedures requiring anesthesia.

For the health and other benefits of spaying and neutering pets please refer to this link, BENEFITS OF SPAYING AND NEUTERING DOGS AND CATS.

The general recommendation is to perform dog and cat spays and neuters at 6 months of age, with variations for different dog breeds. In human years, a cat or dog at 6 months of age is equivalent to a 10 year old child.

A few questions to ask before your "10 year old child" is about to have surgery:

  1. Is your pet treated gently and patiently on arrival?
  2. Is the hospital clean?
  3. Was proper blood screening tests performed before anesthesia and surgery?
  4. Will there be a trained, licensed veterinary technician whose only job is to be dedicated to monitoring and caring for your young pet during the pre-anesthetic medication administration, during anesthesia, and until your pet is fully recovered from anesthesia after surgery?
  5. Are medications being given before anesthesia to decrease your young pet's anxiety, relax it before surgery, and decrease the amount of anesthesia needed?
  6. Will an intravenous (IV) catheter be placed before anesthesia?
    • If no IV catheter is placed, how is rapid access to the blood supply going to happen to administer medications and supportive care in case of an emergency (when seconds count)? Or if there are any complications or unexpected reactions to anesthesia, medications or surgery?
  7. Are IV fluids administered for blood pressure and circulatory support during surgery and until your pet is fully recovered?
  8. Are your pet's blood oxygen levels being monitored during anesthesia?
  9. Are your pet's respiratory carbon dioxide levels being monitored during anesthesia?
  10. Is blood pressure being monitored during anesthesia?
  11. What pain medication is given and when?
    • Are pain medications being used before, during and after surgery?
    • Gas anesthesia causes relaxation and stops movement, but it does not stop nerves from sensing pain!
    • Is your pet going home on pain medication?
    • Just because young animals do not outwardly demonstrate easily recognized signs of pain does not mean that they do not hurt. If a procedure is painful for us, it is painful for them!
  12. Are any questions or concerns you have about the procedure or the hospital stay being answered satisfactorily?

At Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital all patients undergoing planned anesthesia and surgical procedures, including all spays and neuters,have individualized medical plans developed for their unique needs during their hospital stay.

Our care for your pet includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • All pets are treated with compassion to minimize their stress.
  • Our hospital is a well maintained, state-of-the-art, patient-centered medical facility.
  • Your pet's veterinarian and the health care team assigned to your pet are personally responsible for your pet's comfort and well-being.
  • Sedatives, medications for pain, and anti-anxiety medications are used before anesthesia and surgery.
  • All anesthesia and surgical patients have IV catheters placed before general anesthesia.
  • They all receive IV fluids before the induction of anesthesia, during anesthesia and until they are fully recovered from anesthesia.
  • Pain medications and local nerve blocks are used before the potential painful procedure has started to minimize our young patients' discomfort.
  • A licensed, trained veterinary technician will be with your pet throughout anesthesia, surgery and recovery.
  • Your pet's blood pressure, blood oxygen and respiratory carbon dioxide levels are only some of the vital information monitored during any anesthetic procedure.
  • We will strive to answer all your questions and provide detailed discharge instructions for your pet's care after surgery.
  • Pain medication is dispensed to maintain your pet's comfort at home.

Our advanced anesthetic methods, surgical experience and advanced pain management program help achieve our goal of your pet's comfort and well-being during its hospitalization for anesthesia and surgery.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please CONTACT OUR HOSPITAL for additional information.

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