Dr. Jennifer Bloss.:

It’s always a very anxious time for owners when our pet has to undergo anesthesia. Be it for a spay, or a neuter surgery when they’re young, or a dentistry when they’re a little bit older, or a tumor removal.

So today, we thought we would show you what happens behind the scenes with your pet to help alleviate some of your anxiety. The morning of your pet’s procedure, you’ll be placed in an exam room, and the doctor will come in and perform a complete physical exam on your pet, and also draw any blood that needs to be done if it hasn’t been done previously. We want to make sure that your pet is completely healthy before it undergoes anesthesia. And we will have you fill out a consent form, and we will go over the risks and the benefits of the procedure that your pet will be having done.

Dr. Jennifer Bloss:

So once you leave for work, and we bring your pet back to our treatment area, the first thing that we’re going to do is calculate a pre-anesthetic injection for them. This medication has an anti-anxiety component to it, and also a pain medication. And this allows us to use less anesthesia for your dog overall, which makes it much safer, and it also makes it a much calmer day for your pet as well. So we are going to be giving Lilly her injection. So this is Molly. She’s my veterinary assistant.

Molly:

Attagirl.

Dr. Jennifer Bloss:

And we’re going to be giving-

Molly:

We have our pre-meds.

Dr. Jennifer Bloss:

Yep, going to be giving Lilly her injection here today. Good girl. See? That wasn’t so bad, was it? Just a little poke. All right. And then your pet will be placed in a kennel a nice, comfy blanket, and we’ll let that medication start to work.

Dr. Jennifer Bloss:

So Lilly has been given her pre-op sedation injection about 20 minutes ago, and you can see she’s very calm right now. She’s very happy. We are going to be placing an IV catheter. This will allow us venous access for your pet. It will allow us to give her her IV medications, more pain medications if she needs, more anesthetic if she needs that, and then also IV fluids because she’s not eating or drinking anything today, and it’ll keep her from getting dehydrated. Also, as you can see here, we have her on a circulating water blanket that’s nice and warm. And this right here is called a bear hugger. This is blowing forced hot air through this pillowcase, and it’s going to keep her nice and toasty warm.

Dr. Jennifer Bloss:

While your pet is under anesthesia, it will be monitored by many people. By a certified veterinary technician, your doctor, and also a veterinary assistant. We’re all here to make sure that your pet stays safe.

Dr. Jennifer Bloss:

When your pet’s procedure is finished, it will recover in one of our recovery cages surrounded by nice warm hot towels. And our veterinary assistants and technicians will continue to monitor your pet until we can extubate it and take out the intubation tube that we use to help your pet breathe. Within usually about 10 to 20 minutes, your pet will be standing, ready to walk outside and go potty after his procedure. And before it goes home, we’ll brush her out and give her a cute bandana. Then she’ll be all ready to go home.

 

About Brook-Falls
Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital and Exotic Care is dedicated to providing quality care to all companion pets and exotic animals. Brook-Falls is a Menomonee Falls, WI-based full-service veterinary hospital with an extensive range of comprehensive medical, dental, diagnostic, and surgical services to meet the varying needs of all patients. Brook-Falls Veterinary also offers informational and educational media and seminars for pet owners by way of blogs, digital TV series (Expert Veterinary Television), e-books, whitepapers, infographics, and more.
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