Surgery and Anesthesia Safety for Pets

While no one wants to be faced with the daunting idea of their pets going in for surgery, it’s important to be an educated pet parent, especially when it comes to anesthesia and the questions that should be asked in preparation.

An article we came across in the Huffington Post outlines some of the important items that should be addressed between vet and client prior to any major surgery.  They include questions such as – Is a pre-surgical examination and blood work required before surgery?  How are pet’s vitals monitored during the anesthetic procedure? Who calculates and delivers the anesthetic drugs?  And finally, who is with your pet when they wake up from the anesthesia?

It can be a scary proposal to agree to put your pet under anesthesia, but it is not worth sacrificing their care and treatment, so it’s important to educate yourself and then make the appropriate decision.

A sampling of the surgeries performed here at MVS include the following:

 General Surgery/Soft tissue

  • Head & Neck Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgery for chronic ear disease and tumors (total ear canal ablation)
  • Airway Surgery (laryngeal paralysis, brachycephalic syndrome, collapsing trachea)
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Cardiovascular (PDA, PRAA, cardiac tumors, pacemaker implantation)
  • Upper and lower respiratory tract
  • Hernia repair
  • Surgical oncology (resection of tumors)

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Simple & Complex Fracture Repair
  • Ligament & Tendon Injuries:
    • Achilles tendon tear
    • Joint luxation/instability

Neurosurgery

  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Analysis
  • Myelography
  • Neurosurgery: Disc Herniation, Spinal Fracture, Spinal Instability, Spinal & Brain Tumors

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