One of the most stressful aspects of any surgical procedure is the risk to the your pet. We take the risks of anaesthesia very seriously and utilise as many methods as possible to ensure the risk to your pet is as minimal as possible.
About The Surgery Questions and Answers
Q. How do you make an anaesthetic safe for my pet?
A. Anaesthetic safety is a very big focus for us. We use a combination of tactics in order to reduce anaesthetic risk as much as we possibly can.These tactics include patient warming, fluid therapy, use of the best quality suture material and drug/medications, and of course monitoring using our state of the art technology. One of the biggest ways we reduce anaesthetic risk is by assigning a dedicated nurse to each patient admitted to hospital. This means your pets nurse will be with your pet every step of the way, and will monitor their progress before, during and after their surgical procedure.
Pre-surgery blood testing: Reducing the risk of anaesthesia to your pet begins before your pet is even anaesthetised! By performing screening blood tests, we can check essential body functions, like the liver and kidneys, that cannot be checked with an external physical exam. Please read through our page on pre-surgery blood testing.
Dedicated Nurse: We strongly believe that one of the biggest contributing factors to our spotless anaesthetic record, is due to our dedicated nurses. Every patient that is admitted to hospital will have a nurse dedicated to their care. This nurse is responsible for your pets care right from the very moment they are put into bed by ensuring your pet is warm, comfortable and as relaxed as possible, through to monitoring them every second they are under anaesthetic and of course all the way through their recovery until your pet comes home. This constant care by the same nurse allows our nurses to bond with your pet and ensure their comfort throughout their entire stay.
Patient Warming: We have invested in a state of the art patient warming system to help our patients maintain their body temperature during their anaesthetic procedure. This improves anaesthetic recovery and reduces the risk of post-operative complications. Our patient warming system is called a Hot Dog system, which leads to endless jokes!
Intravenous Fluid Therapy: All patients have a catheter placed in their vein. This allows for us to administer intravenous fluids which reduce anaesthetic risk. Intravenous fluids assist the liver and kidneys in processing the anaesthetic medications, while also keeping the patients blood pressure at a safe and stable reading. Having catheter access also means we can improve patient outcomes in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Best quality suture material and drugs: Yes, there are different levels of quality in both materials and medications. We only ever use materials and medications that are of the highest quality. We believe that all animals deserve nothing but the best, and we put this belief into practice every day.
State of the art monitoring technology: Just like when a human gets anaesthetised, we use state of the art monitoring equipment to give us a continuous stream of information about how your pet is going under their anaesthetic. We use a multiparameter machine which gives us data on your pets ECG (electrocardiogram), SpO2 (their blood oxygen levels), respiratory rates and heart rates. Respiratory and heart rates are also monitored continuously by your pets dedicated nurse. Along with our multiparameter machine, we also monitor blood pressure through use of the PetMap machine, and temperature.
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