We take the safety of your pet under anesthesia very seriously. Each patient has a drug protocol tailored individually based on species, age, breed and the procedure
At our hospital, each patient has one or more technicians dedicated full time to your pet’s anesthetic monitoring under the care of the veterinarian. These technicians are with your pet from induction (initiation of anesthetia) right through to their full recovery. Anesthetic maintenance and monitoring are crucial for a successful surgical procedure. As such, in addition to a technician dedicated to hands-on monitoring including pulse quality (to identify blood pressure and arrythmias), mucous membrane colour and capillary refill time, and other parameters such as jaw tone and the presence of a palpebral reflex (to assess anesthetic depth), the anesthetic patient is hooked up to our monitors which are at all times monitoring over eight different parameters. We use state of the art equipment for monitoring anesthesia.
All the anesthetized patients need to be placed on intravenous fluids (IV) to make sure we have access to the circulatory system in the event of shock or anesthetic emergencies.
Following Parameters are monitored:
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Quick and accurate blood pressure monitoring is essential to a patient under anesthesia. Blood pressure is the driving force for blood flow (perfusion) through capillaries that supply oxygen to organs and tissue beds of the body. Low blood pressure results in decreased oxygen delivery, resulting in the death of important cells and organ damage, most sensitively the kidneys and brain. Because lowered blood pressure is a common side effect of many anesthetic drugs, monitoring these values under anesthesia is crucial.
Anesthesia always results in a dramatic reduction in body temperature, particularly in long procedures. Decreased body temperatures are associated with prolonged recovery and increase in post-surgical infections.