3 Ways Your Pet Is Kept Safe Under Anaesthesia

Your pet’s safety is our number one priority, particularly when they undergo anaesthesia and surgical procedures. We understand you also are concerned about your pet’s health and safety while under anaesthesia, and we want to put your fears to rest. Our team shares three of the many ways we strive to keep your four-legged friend safe during anaesthesia. 


#1: We perform a pre-anaesthetic exam and testing 

Examining your pet on the day of their anaesthetic procedure is necessary to determine their current health status. We listen to their heart and lungs, check their temperature, and assess their gum colour and hydration. The physical exam provides us with normal baseline vital signs we can use for comparison while monitoring your pet during their anaesthetic procedure so we can quickly spot any issues. 

We also perform pre-anaesthetic testing, which may consist of blood work, X-rays, a urinalysis, blood pressure testing, and various other tests, depending on your pet’s condition and the upcoming procedure. With the information from your pet’s physical exam and pre-anaesthetic testing, we can customize the safest anaesthetic protocol for them.


#2: We use cutting-edge monitoring equipment

If you were to step into our surgery suite, you likely would be overwhelmed by all the beeps emitted by our monitoring equipment. We invest in state-of-the-art equipment to help us watch over every anaesthetic patient. This equipment monitors your pet’s heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, temperature, blood pressure, and more. These values tell us how your pet’s body is handling anaesthesia and the procedure itself and whether we need to make any adjustments. 


#3: We employ highly trained staff

No instrument is more important for keeping your pet safe while under anaesthesia than our highly trained and experienced team. Veterinary professionals have a great deal of education in anaesthesiology, pharmacology, physiology, biology, and anatomy. Our team knows what adverse effects can occur with which aesthetic agents, how to correct those issues, and how the body reacts to anaesthesia. With a strong education in all things anaesthesia, our team can jump into corrective action at a moment’s notice.

Do you have questions about your pet’s upcoming aesthetic procedure? Contact our team to have your concerns answered.