If surgery is suggested, you can feel comfortable knowing that our hospital only administers anesthesia in the utmost safe and cautious manner.
At Galveston Veterinary Clinic, we care for your pets as our own. Therefore, we utilize all possible precautions to ensure a safe and successful procedure. This will include preoperative blood analysis, intra-operative fluid administration, and extensive surgical, anesthetic, and recovery monitoring.
Preoperative blood work: Just as you would have blood work performed before undergoing any anesthetic procedure, we will perform preoperative blood work on every animal receiving anesthesia.
CBC- Complete Blood Count- (performed for all patients)
This lab work will check for anemia, platelet clotting factors and unseen infection. The screening also analyzes oxygen carrying capability of the blood, and any inflammation occurring throughout the body.
MP- Mini Panel/10 Panel Chemistry-
(performed for all patients over 5 years, recommended for all patients)
This panel assesses organ function, and looks for indication of certain disease processes. It analyzes kidney and liver function, which is essential for your pet to properly metabolize the anesthesia. The analysis of protein levels allows for better prediction of the necessity of fluid support during anesthesia. These tests also screen for diabetes, bone disease and dehydration.
GHP- General Health Profile/12 Panel Chemistry-
(performed for all patients 7 years or older, recommended for all patients)
This analysis takes a more comprehensive look at your pet's overall health status. Including all the tests described previously, it also screens cholesterol and calcium levels, pancreatic function, and can even indicate certain types of cancer.
Monitoring & Recovery (performed for all patients)
Our combination of attentive staff and the latest diagnostic equipment allows for close monitoring of every anesthetized patient. Each patient is attended by a doctor, veterinary nurse, and veterinary assistant throughout the procedure and recovery. We also utilize EKG, oxygen saturation monitor, pulse indicator, end tidal CO2 monitor, esophageal monitors, and peripheral vascular pressure monitor. This intricate diagnostic equipment reports vital signs such as blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, temperature, and heart rate. These measures permit the safest possible procedure for your pet. In addition to close attention of the staff, the recovery process also includes use of body heat restoring equipment, such as warm air circulating blankets and warm water circulating mats to assist each patient in a smoother and safer recovery.
Intra-venous catheter and fluids (performed for all patients)
While your pet is under anesthesia we will place an intra-venous catheter. The purpose of the catheter is to administer anesthesia, and at the discretion of the Doctor, administer IV fluids. The IV fluids will help the internal organs metabolize the anesthesia, and provide vascular support for your pets blood pressure. A small area of hair will be shaved on one of your pet's legs to allow sterile placement of the catheter. After the procedure a small bandage will be placed on the site of catheter placement. This should be removed after a few hours.
We hope that this information allows you to rest easier with your decision to allow anesthesia administration for your pet. We take such stringent safety precautions while your pet is in our care, so that when you return, your pet is as healthy and comfortable as possible. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask your veterinary doctor or nurse, or call (409)356-9000 any time during business hours.