When Anesthesia Is Used
“There is no safe anesthetic gents and procedures, there are only safe anesthetists”
Apex animal is proud of its safe anesthesia protocols and monitoring. Our staff is highly trained and efficient in monitor the patients under anesthesia. We strictly follow AAHA guidelines for every anesthesia patient.
Preanesthetic Exam and client education: Every patient undergoing the anesthesia, gets pre-evaluation examination for vitals, identified any comorbidities, risk assessment and post anesthetic recovery plan. All emergency drugs are pre-calculated based on the body weight of the patient,
We follow 4 steps
- Pre anesthesia: Individualized Anesthesia plan/analgesia and client communication, including history, previous anesthesia complications if any, existing health concerns and age, any current medications, breed related complications. We divide patients in low risk to high-risk categories using American society of Anesthesiologists ASA 1-5. We get the plan to mitigate risks during anesthesia. Staff is trained repeatedly.
- Day of anesthesia: Pet owner is advised to keep patient off food for 4-6 hours, medication related to heart condition and diabetes are withheld on day of anesthesia. We prepare the
equipment, endotracheal tubes, circuit selection, based on body weight of patient. Our monitor system is top notch to measure oxygen concentration, carbon dioxide concentration, heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, EKG.
- Patient Preparation: We stabilize the patient before the surgery depending upon the condition, do pre anesthetic blood profile in our inhouse laboratory, place intravenous
catheter and start on fluids. Prepare the anesthesia monitoring sheet for recording the parameters during the procedure. Catheter gives us easy access in case we need to give more
anesthetic medicine, antibiotics, pain medication or emergency drugs like epinephrine or atropine. Fluids helps to keep them hydrated and maintain blood pressure. We maintain and monitor body temperature during the before ,during and after the anesthesia
- Anesthesia Protocol: Pain management by multi model pain medications like non steroid anti-inflammatory agents, morphine derivatives, pain patches to keep the patient pain free after the procedure are determined ahead of time. We use local anesthetics to block nerves in some of procedures to reduce the pain. Patient is monitored carefully while under anesthetic by our veterinary technicians till the full recovery.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at (604) 514-1444 and discuss the details.