Client worried about anesthesia in her pet.
We have inquiries made every day about the safety of our
anesthetics in pets. While no anesthetic is without risk, I have
put together an arsenal of agents that cover the wide array of
situations and animals that I deal with every day. In addition, we
work through a pre-anesthetic procedure and tests that further
increase the anesthetic margin of safety.
1. Pre-anesthetic examination and review of the medical history.
Many things can influence an animal's response to an anesthetic.
Species, age, breed, previous or ongoing medical conditions, as
well as body weight can influence the procedure. I review the
history and examine each patient before anesthesia.
2. Pre-anesthetic blood work. We offer each owner the option of
pre-anesthetic blood work to check for disorders of electrolyte
balance, glucose metabolism, kidney or liver function, and
subclinical infections. These are optional in many cases of
elective procedures--- spays, neuters, dentals, ear flushes--- but
are required prior to other procedures.
3. During the procedure we utilize technology that allows us to
detect changes in heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and
electrical activity in the heart. All of these parameters are
affected by the anesthetic.
I believe that we take the necessary precautions to properly
care for your pet.