Your pet’s safety and comfort are paramount to PetStar Animal Care. Our veterinarians are experienced and equipped to perform a wide variety of surgical procedures, including:
PetStar Animal Care suggests removing all food and water at 9 p.m. the night before surgery, and not giving any food or water the morning before surgery. It is important that the patient not be fed at least eight hours before surgery to decrease the risk of vomiting. Anesthetic medications commonly induce nausea and vomiting, which can be dangerous in a sedated patient. Vomit can be inhaled or aspirated, leading to pneumonia.
PetStar Animal Care performs a preoperative evaluation and pre-anesthetic blood profile before all surgical procedures. An intravenous catheter may be used to facilitate the administration of anesthetic drugs and fluids, and as an emergency precaution. This necessitates shaving a small patch of skin on one of the legs.
A tranquilizer or other pre-anesthetic medication is administered to ease the induction of gas anesthesia. Propofol is given intravenously to induce sleep. This medication is called an induction agent and lasts only long enough to establish the maintenance of anesthesia by the inhalant anesthetic isoflurane (gas). Once the animal is asleep, a tube is placed in the trachea to ensure that a clear airway is maintained throughout the procedure.
Sometimes, your pet will cough for a couple of days after surgery. This may be caused by irritation to the trachea from the endotracheal tube.
The endotracheal tube is connected to a machine that delivers a specific concentration of inhalant gas mixed with pure oxygen. An assistant technician monitors the pet and the surgical monitoring machine. The color, heart rate, respiration, temperature, and other parameters are closely watched and charted for patient records.
The patient is draped with surgical cloths to isolate the area where surgery will occur. The surgery is performed by one of our veterinarians using the gold standard in surgical sterile technique.
The assistant technician continues to monitor the animal until it wakes up and consecutively swallows or coughs. The tube is then removed and the technician continues to observe the patient throughout the day. The patient is kept in the ICU room until it is able to go home.
You will need to return in 10-14 days to have sutures removed and the incision site rechecked.
The use of electrosurgery has been proven to reduce post-operative pain and healing time for your pet. It also helps reduce the amount of blood lost during the surgical procedure as well.
The PetStar team closely monitors your pet during a surgical procedure. Our state-of the-art surgical suite offers the best safety for your pet. We continuously monitor heart rhythm and rate as well as the blood oxygen levels to be sure your pet is stable throughout surgery. The Cardell Veterinary Vital Signs Monitor 9403 is routinely used to observe vital signs. This monitor may be used in tandem with other hospital procedures, such as in the detection of hypertension. It may also be used to get a baseline reading in routine physical exams.