Pet Matters-Anesthesia Protocols

Anesthesia Protocols:

The Key to a Great Surgical Experience.

Of course expert cutting and stitching are important for a good surgical result, but excellent anesthetic protocols and monitoring are just as important for a safe, comfortable surgery. At CAH our goals are to minimize pre-surgical stress, have an easy transition from being awake to being anesthetized, maintain all vital body functions and enjoy a quiet, slow recovery. Proper combinations of the best sedatives, analgesics and anesthetics are well-tolerated by the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys and liver and help us achieve those goals.

Maintaining body heat (temperature), adequate blood flow through all organs (blood pressure), normal heart rhythm (ECG), and blood oxygen levels (pulse oximeter) are all essential and are monitored closely. During surgery a hot air warming blanket prevents rapid loss of body heat in our small patients. An IV catheter in every patient provides quick venous access for injections and fluids.

We know that pain slows recovery time and leads to complications. Pain control should be provided for most patients using local anesthetics around the incision, anti-inflammatory drugs, narcotic injections, skin patches or IV infusions depending on the surgery.

Today, even sick and older pets can experience safe and comfortable anesthesia, surgery and recovery.

Dr. Earl Mummert, DVM

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