Whether it’s major surgery or a simple procedure requiring anesthesia, our pre-surgical thoroughness doesn’t vary. We are committed to maintaining our outstanding safety record. You can rest assured that your pet will be treated like it’s one of our own with lots of reassuring pats and kind words. Your pet’s surgery team will involve three people; your doctor and two nurses who will be with your pet throughout the day. Each patient will have one nurse dedicated to monitoring the anesthesia from the beginning of the procedure until your pet is completely awake. While this is not the norm in most veterinary hospitals, it is at the Adobe Pet Hospital. We want to make sure all your questions and concerns are answered before you leave your pet with us.
Safety and the comfort of your pet are our top priorities. Safety begins with a complete physical and a custom tailored blood panel appropriate for their age and medical condition. Blood tests help us detect any hidden medical problems that may not be obvious on the physical exam. We are very proud and honored that our Junior and Senior Wellness blood panels were featured in a national veterinary publication as an example to other veterinary hospitals across the country. An electrocardiogram is also done to assess the heart.
Since no two patients are ever alike, the pre-anesthetic medications and type of anesthesia is determined by your doctor, further ensuring your pet’s safety. We use the same gas anesthetics that are given to children in human hospitals. An IV catheter and fluids maintain hydration and allow instant access for IV drug delivery. Pulse, respiratory rate, oxygen perfusion, temperature and depth of anesthesia are just some of the things we monitor. Even with all the “state-of-the-art” equipment, we still believe there is no substitute for old fashioned hands-on monitoring as well.
Postoperatively, your pet's comfort and pain control are our top priorities. Pain medications are given before, during and after surgery on a case-by-case basis to ensure your pet’s swift recovery.
Every effort will be made to contact you at the phone number you specify following your pet’s procedure to let you know everything is OK. We will let you know what time you can pick up your pet. At discharge, you will be given written instructions regarding your pet’s home care. Your pet’s nurse will go over any medications being sent home as well. With many procedures you will also be receiving “before” and “after” pictures to help you understand your pet’s procedure and to share with family members.