AnesthesiaHere at FVMC, we are proud to offer the latest in anesthesia techniques and patient monitoring.

All anesthesia carries with it risks, however, we strive to minimize these risks via educating our clients on safe anesthetic procedures.

We encourage all owners to have their pet’s pre-anesthetic bloodwork done regardless of age or presumed health status. This simple blood test is done in house and allows us to confirm that your pet’s internal organs are functioning properly. We specifically evaluate your pet’s liver and kidneys as these are the organ’s that process the anesthesia. Once we have this information available, we can specifically tailor our anesthetic protocol to meet your pet’s needs.

A second safety pre-caution that we recommend is having your pet on intravenous fluids during their anesthetic procedure. This is accomplished by clipping a small area on the front leg of your pet and the sterile placement of an intravenous catheter. Intravenous fluids help to maintain your pet’s blood pressure during the procedure and also provides an emergency access point should the need arise.

Our anesthetic protocols vary depending on the animal’s health status, the procedure and perceived pain risk. In general, we start off by providing the animal with a pre-medication injection that works to minimize peri-operative pain, sedate the animal mildly and decrease air-way secretions that an animal can’t cough up when they are under anesthesia. Once we have determined that the animal is adequately premedicated, than we will induce unconsciousness using a second short-acting intravenous injection. This allows for us to safely intubate your pet and connect them to the inhalant anesthesia for the duration of their procedure. At FVMC, we use a mixture of Isoflurane Inhalent anesthesia and oxygen gas.

Vital Signs and Anesthetic Monitoring

In an effort to ensure maximal patient safety while under anesthesia, but also to allow for other routine vital indicator monitoring, we offer state-of the art wireless VMed Technology Monitoring.

The latest in monitoring technology, this system allows for us to track a patient’s heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, core body temperature and carbon dioxide in/output.

This unit’s small size allows us to not only monitor during surgical procedures, but to move into an exam room and evaluate your dog’s heart, and oxygenation ability.