We know that surgery can be a very difficult time for both you and your pet. It is our goal at Valley Animal Hospital & Pet Resort to provide your pet the best in care through managing their pain both before and after surgery.
During the surgery, a veterinary technician monitors pets keeping a very close watch on his or her vital signs. We utilize a respirator to assist in maintaining your pet’s breathing and oxygenations during the anesthetic procedure. Intravenous fluids are recommended during anesthesia and we utilize special fluid pumps that assure a calculated and consistent amount of IV fluids are provided to your pet. During surgery, your pet’s safety is our first priority.
Just as in human medicine, surgical patient monitoring is a necessity. Knowing how your pet is doing under anesthesia is very important. Proper monitoring provides greater safety during surgery.
You may be surprised to learn that much of the equipment used by physicians and surgeons in human hospitals is being used in veterinary hospitals. Equipment manufacturers have dedicated much time and effort to develop specialized monitoring equipment for your pet.
In order to provide the best possible care, your pet’s vital signs are monitored under anesthesia with a Pulse Oxim eter. A Pulse Oximeter monitors heart rate, respiration, temperature, SPO2 (blood oxygen saturation) and EKG.
If you have any questions about your pet’s surgery, please ask us to explain the anesthesia and surgical procedure. We are more than happy to spend extra time communicating the benefits of the procedures.