The subject of general anesthesia gets people excited and nervous; we know that excellent general anesthesia needs to be boring and uneventful. Safe anesthesia requires preparation and planning: thorough equipment evaluation, staff training, a commitment of time to set up the surgery suite and staff present to sit with your pet during anesthetic recovery. When your pet is anesthetized and evaluated with an ECG, blood pressure, carbon dioxide, respiratory, pulse oximetry and body temperature monitors, there is always a registered veterinary technician and veterinarian also there to make sure that your pet remains in a stable state.

Our surgical patients will have a complete physical exam and often pre-operative laboratory work. This screening may sometimes find abnormalities that require further evaluation before proceeding. Each patient is an individual and gets a tailored anesthetic protocol; we take into consideration the level of pain control appropriate for the procedure as well as the patient’s overall anxiety, age, organ function and breed.

Your pet’s surgeon is most commonly a staff veterinarian of West Davis Veterinary Center, but we also bring in a surgical specialist for more complex orthopedic or cancer removal surgery. If we believe a patient is best served at a 24 hour hospital for extensive post operative monitoring, we will facilitate a referral with your pet’s best interest in mind.

Finally, the post operative period at home is important to us as well. When you feel your pet may be too anxious, sedate or painful, we can adjust medications and help your pet feel better. If you have any specific further questions about surgery and anesthesia, please come in for a discussion so we can address your concerns.