At CVVC, anesthesia does not stop once we roll our patients out of surgery. Selective drug therapy and supportive care are continued for the entirety of hospitalization and post procedural care.
Safety of our patients is our most important priority during any procedure. The following critical steps are taken with every anesthetic patient at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic:
- Thorough history and physical exam
- Pre-operative blood work on all patients and sometimes pre-operative electrocardiogram
- Intravenous catheter placement on all anesthesia patients
- Pre-induction cocktails which make induction and recovery from anesthesia smooth
- Pre-induction non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug therapy injections and fluid therapy where indicated
- Using high quality gas anesthetics for maintenance of general anesthesia
- Use of short and long acting local anesthetics to reduce the need for generalized drug therapy
- Extensive monitoring equipment (continual pulse oximetry – measuring the oxygen saturation of his/her blood, continual electrocardiogram, continual respiratory monitoring, and periodic core body temperature and blood pressure monitoring)
- Extensive supportive care to maintain normal body temperature and organ perfusion with hot water pads, bear hugger blankets and intravenous fluid pumps, respectively
- MOST IMPORTANT: Direct, full time Veterinary and/or Licensed Veterinary Technician monitoring during the entire anesthesia procedure
Our anesthetic techniques range from specific local nerve blocks to general anesthesia. Often times, our various anesthetics techniques are combined to provide the most optimal pain control with the least side effects and quickest return to normal function. For example, our spays (ovariohysterectomy) have both an injectable narcotic cocktail injection and a non steroidal anti-inflammatory injection prior to induction of general anesthesia. General anesthesia is administered using pure oxygen and isoflorane or sevoflorane gases. A post operative injection of long acting pain medication is given before the patient is removed from surgery to ensure comfort.