Surgery, Anesthesia, & Pain Management
A wide variety of surgeries are performed by the doctors of Anchor Animal Hospital, ranging from routine spays and neuters to more complicated procedures. If you have questions about a specific surgical procedure for your pet, please do not hesitate to ask one of our team members.
We require pre-anesthetic blood screening. This allows us to be aware of potential problems and plan accordingly. An individual anesthetic protocol is tailored for your pet by one of our doctors; this enables us to provide adequate pain relief and the smoothest recovery possible. For most procedures will include the placement of an intravenous catheter (IV) and the admiration of fluids to maintain your pets blood pressure. While your pet is under anesthesia, he/she will be monitored on a state-of-the-art multi-parameter machine. This tracks heart and respiratory rates, end-tidal CO2, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and temperature. They are also closely watched by the doctor and one of our highly trained staff members.
Because their comfort is a top priority for us, most pets undergoing surgical procedures will receive pain medication at the time of surgery. Depending on the invasiveness of certain procedures, oral medication for pain can be sent home. For certain procedures we may also be able to use laser therapy to speed healing, please talk to your veterinarian to see if laser therapy is right for your pet.