Anaesthesia

Anaesthetics have advanced considerably in the last 5 years.

  • Prior to an anaesthetic animals are examined to ascertain their suitability.
  • Older patients are blood sampled to assess internal organ function as a further safety measure.
  • Older patients are given intravenous fluid therapy during the surgical procedure and recovery to maximise circulation to vital organs
  • On admission, the appropriate premedication is given by injection. This lightly sedates your animal to reduce stress, reduces the quantity of anaesthetic required, facilitates a gentle recovery and contains very potent pain killing properties.
  • Anaesthetic is routinely induced using an ultra short acting anaesthetic into the vein (the same product commonly used in humans). When unconscious a tube is passed down the airway and the anaesthetic is maintained with a gaseous agent.

Throughout the surgical procedure Veterinary Nurses monitor many things simultaneously including the colour of your pets’ mucous membranes (gums), oxygen saturation levels, heart rate and respiratory rate, as well as the depth of their anaesthesia and core body temperature.

During any anaesthetic a pets’ body temperature will drop, sometimes by a few degrees, as they are unable to regulate their own body temperature. We actively help to prevent this from happening; this includes placing blankets over their body, wrapping their feet in bubble wrap (the extremeties where alot of body heat is lost), and placing them inside a ‘Cocoon’ (pictured below). The Cocoon provides constant warm air flow throughout your pets’ procedure, helping to maintain their normal body temperature.

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