The veterinarians at Redwood Animal Hospital are very experienced in veterinary surgery. From routine spay and neuter to more involved abdominal surgeries such as gastro-intestinal foreign body removal, splenectomy, cesarean section, cystotomy…your pet will always receive the best care possible.
The night before remove all food after 10pm and do not feed your pet the morning of the surgery. Water is fine. Try to not be too nervous as your pet will sense that and will also get worried. We usually recommend surgical patients to be dropped off early in the morning between 8:30am and 9:00am.
- Pre-anesthetic/Pre-surgical exam: Shortly after being dropped off, one of our veterinarian will perform a complete pre-anesthetic/pre-surgical examination to ensure no new illness is diagnosed.
- Pre-anesthetic blood work: at Redwood Animal Hospital we do pre-anesthetic bloodwork on all of our surgical patients. This to make sure, it is safe for your pet to be under general anesthesia. Even though we use very safe anesthetic drugs, there is always an anesthetic risk and our goal is to make sure that risk is the lowest. Lots of anesthetic drugs are metabolized through the kidneys and liver and this is why patients with liver and kidney disease are considered high anesthetic risks. If your pet has a heart murmur, he/she also has an increased anesthetic risk.
- radiograph, ultrasound, special blood test: if your pet is older or our veterinarian discover something abnormal, she might recommend additional test such as Xray to look at the heart size, a bile acid test to make sure the liver is working properly…
- Sedation: Once our veterinarian has examined and reviewed the bloodwork and has determined it is safe to proceed with the surgery, your pet will receive an injection to sedate him/her. It is usually a combination of a pain medication and an anxiolytic.
- Intravenous (IV) catheter:most pets undergoing anesthesia will have an IV catheter. This is to provide quick access to a vein to inject medication or shall an emergency occur
- induction/intubation/general anesthesia: your pet is now ready to be anesthetized. Our veterinarian will administer one short acting anesthetic injectable agent and intubate your pet. Your pet’s endotracheal tube will then be connected to oxygen and an anesthetic gas (sevoflurane or isoflurane). Your pet is now under general anesthesia