Owners are often concerned about anaesthesia for their pets, and while any anaesthetic carries a small risk we can really minimise the risks with careful preparation.
The following steps can help to minimise any risk for your pet undergoing anaesthesia:
- Withhold food from 8pm the night before the procedure to minimise the risk of vomiting during anaesthesia.
- Allow access to water overnight but remove it when you first get up, again to minimise the risk of vomiting during anaesthesia
- Admission of patients between 7.30 to 8.30 am allows veterinary and nursing staff to do a complete health check and run pre anaesthetic bloods prior to anaesthesia so we are aware of any pre existing problems and can design an individual regime for each pet.
- Where abnormalities are present using supportive therapy such as intravenous fluids, and medications will help support organ function through the anaesthetic.
- All animals given anaesthetics or sedations are carefully monitored by a nurse, In addition the use of special monitors measuring heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and expired carbon dioxide continuously allows us to respond very quickly if any problems occur.
If you would like to know more about anaesthesia options for your pet or have any concerns regarding anaesthesia please call us on 6288 4944 to speak to one of our trained staff.