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Anaesthetics and your pet

During a pets life they can have a number of anaesthetics especially when you consider the common procedures that we perform on a daily basis such as; x-rays, dentistry, wound repair and lump removals. An anaesthetic for desexing when they are about 5 to 6 months is normally their first.

Vets are very experienced anaesthetists often doing many in one day. It’s understandable that as a pet parent you are concerned about your pet having an anaesthetic, but here at Greencross Vets we offer the very best and safest options to minimise any risk whilst your pet is under anaesthetic.
You should expect the following from your local vet when you pet is undergoing a procedure that requires an anaesthetic: 

Anaesthetic Choice 

Not every pet will experience the same anaesthetic. The choice of anaesthetic is determined by age, breed and current health status. Previous anaesthetic history will also be taken into account the vet review how previous anaesthetics have gone in the past. 
All pets will benefit from a pre-anaesthetic blood test. This is to ensure that there are no underlying health problems that may exist and that are not visible to the eye or detected in a physical examination.

Anaesthetic Monitoring

All pets are monitored very carefully when under anaesthetic. There is a dedicated veterinary nurse who is by your pets side at all times tracking and physically recording the anaesthetic for the duration of the procedure. All Greencross Vets practices use the latest equipment and the equipment used specifically to assist in monitoring a pets anaesthetic includes: 

Pulse Oximeter: 

The Pulse Oximeter tells us how well your pet is oxygenating, and how much oxygen is being carried to all organs in the body. 

Respiratory Monitor:

The respiratory monitor is used when pets are under anaesthesia to measure the breathing rate and pattern. Changes to your pets breathing whilst under anaesthetic may indicate that the level of anaesthetic being given may need to be altered. 

Blood Pressure Machine:

This device measures how well your pet is performing while under anaesthesia. It allows us to keep track of the quality of pulses and to ensure blood is reaching vital organs at all times. 

Anaesthetic Support

Intravenous fluid support is beneficial and sometimes essential for your pet’s safety whilst under anaesthesia. Fluid therapy is delivered by infusion pumps at calculated rates, this helps to maintain fluid hydration during anaesthetics. When intravenous fluids are given to your pet it is done through a catheter that placed in one of your pets veins in its leg. Having this catheter in place means the Veterinarian has immediate access to your pet’s circulatory system. In the event of a problem emergency medications can be given immediately into the bloodstream and therefore act quickly to alleviate the problem.
It’s important that pet parents understand the safety measures available and monitoring equipment that is used to ensure that when in our care, all pets have the best possible anaesthetic. 

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