Avon Animal Hospital

19475 Fraser Hwy V3S 6K7 Surrey, British Columbia
Phone: (604) 532-7600


Please Read the Following Anesthesia Options ,info and Steps we Take Which Make Difference in Well Being of Your Pet and Makes Easy for you to Take Right Decision to Put Your Pet in Competent Hands.

Our veterinarians are serving surrey and Langley area pets ( dogs& cats ) Since 2003. Our Animal hospital of surrey ,langley is full service animal hospital with inhouse blood work lab , x-ray , dental x-ray ,laser surgery, electrocauterysuregry.

Some pet owners are afraid of veterinary surgeries or other procedures that require their cat or dog to be anesthetized. The risks of anesthesia can be minimized with proper planning before the procedure, careful monitoring while the dog or cat is ‘under’,sedation and expert aftercare.

Every pet is different and anesthesia protocols at Our Animal hospital are selected by our veterinarian to meet the specific needs of the individual. For example, a senior pet or one with a cardiac ,renal or other problem would probably require a different anesthesia protocol than a young, healthy dog or cat.

The word anesthesia is of Greek origin and means absence of sensation. this is the term to describe induced insensibility (unconsciousness) to pain during surgical procedures.

There are two kinds of anesthesia: local and general. Local anesthetics are used to numb a specific area of the body.

General anesthesia is the kind that renders the patient unconscious and is of course the more worrisome and potentially dangerous of the two. However, human and veterinary medicine have seen significant improvements in recent years in anesthetic agents with highly predictable and reversible effects.

General anesthesia is used with pets to help relax the muscles of the body, remove the ability of the animal to fight against the procedure, and to insure your pet feels no pain during surgery or other veterinary procedures.

What Are the Risks of Anesthetizing My Pet?

Reactions can happen to anesthesia which are very rare. To the owner of that possible 1 in 100,000 dog or cat, it’s a completely unacceptable risk. But it’s actually less risk than your pet faces riding in the car to and from the vet’s office.

Reactions can be as minor as a bit of mild swelling at the injection site, to a life-threatening situation of anaphylactic shock.

If your pet has a medical condition (for example heart, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, anemia, dehydration, or an infection), there is an elevated risk of complications from anesthesia.

Also if a pet isn’t fasted properly prior to anesthesia,if your pet has eaten food let us know. she can encounter problems like vomiting either during or shortly after being anesthetized. This can result in aspiration pneumonia, which is a very serious condition.

Other complications from anesthesia, though rare, include blood clotting disorders, problems with eyesight, seizures, and kidney, liver or heart failure.

Examining Your Pet’s Health Condition Pre-Anesthesia

At our vet clinic we perform a thorough physical to include gum assessment , chest exam ,checking temp , checking respiration and palpation of the abdomen etc. and take full medical history like

Take a complete medical history including pre-existing conditions, prior surgeries, vaccine status, spay/neuter status, results of any previous testing, supplements and medications given, known drug reactions, and how your pet has reacted to anesthesia in the past.

At our pet hospital we advise Pre-anesthesia blood tests and a chest x-ray, ECG or further more detailed testing if needed.

If our veterinarian decides that your dog or cat can safely undergo anesthesia, you’ll typically need to fast him for 12 hours prior to the procedure. Water should be taken away in the morning, but the minimum time is usually two hours prior to pre-medication.

In debilitated pets or pets if we found on exam or after blood work has some health issues must be stabilized or treated for that condition before doing any procedure under anesthesia.

Pre-Medication and Anesthesia Options

Prior to anesthesia,

After full Physical exam and performing the tests which are recommended by doctor or nurse at time of hospitalization or drop of for routine procedures (if the owner agreed for those tests )

Pre-medication at our pet hospital is given depending upon health status of pet which helps to calm the patient , relax and also contains pain control to which is called Pre-emptive pain control and when we use pre-medication then less amount of induction drugs which is good for the pet. This has been proved that if you control the pain before it starts you need less dose of pain killer and pet feels very- very less or no pain and healing and recovery also happens quicker and pet does not go home with bad experience . At our pet hospital we done thousands of surgeries pain medication is our first step from very first day because these pets don’t know there destiny if pain comes to them they think it may have came for ever that makes them more worse. Meds we use for this are Butorphenol ,hydromorphone , acevet , atropine , gylcopyrolateetc

And then IV catheter and line should be placed in your pet so that doctor and vet staff can easily administer drugs, including anesthetics, as well as fluids.

IV fluids are beneficial for blood pressure maintenance, to replace fluids lost during surgery, to accelerate the recovery process, nutrition value and to prevent post-anesthesia kidney dysfunction. The IV will also be used in the event emergency drugs are required during the procedure.

we recommend all general anesthesia patients should receive IV catheterization and fluids, and there is extra cost for some procedures and sometimes some owner’s decline that due to money issue.

Then after that we use a drug to go the pet under so we can put endotracheal tube that is called induction and we choose the drug on the basis of health status of your pet we use Propafol ( which you could have heard used in humans too) . ketamine , Diazepam (valium ) , Dexedomitor, and isoflurane gas for maintenance.. Inhalation anesthesia provides some advantages, including a patent (clear and unobstructed) airway, fast control of the depth of the anesthesia, and a rapid, uneventful recovery.

At our Animal hospital Your pet will have an endo-tracheal or breathing tube inserted which will facilitate delivery of the anesthesia gas to the lungs, as well as oxygen as required.

Monitoring Your Pet During and Immediately After the Procedure

our nurses or veterinarian continuously monitor your pet while he or she is ‘out’ and then in recovery until your pet no longer under the influence of the anesthesia. Typical vitals measured include:

Body temp

Respiration and pulse rates

Blood pressure

Blood oxygen and CO2 (carbon dioxide) level

we monitor these parameters, as well as control body temperature during anesthesia and make your pets visit comfortable.

Your pet should appear normal to you by the time you pick him or her up after a procedure during which she or he received anesthesia.

You might notice she’s or he’s a bit sleepy and less active for 12 to 24 hours after you get her home. But if she or he seems really sluggish, groggy, or out of it, call us or mainland emergency animal clinic at 604-588-4000 right away.

Post-surgery Pain Management

If your pet has had surgery of any kind, he’ll be in pain – perhaps just a little, perhaps quite a bit. And he or she can’t tell anyone if or how much it hurts, so you’ll need to speak up for him or her if necessary.

Your dog or cat will be treated before, during and after any pain-inducing procedure with appropriate pain relief.

We use drugs / medications like Hydromorphone ,butorphenol ,tramadol ,Metacam 9 meloxicam) etc

Pain medication will not only keep your furry family member comfortable, it will also help speed up the healing process. we strongly believe all patients that have been cut with a scalpel deserve prescribed pain management, at least for the first 72 hours. If your vet does not offer pain management, please ask for it.

Although we offer laser surgery ,electrocautery surgery which causes minimal pain.

Post-anesthesia Exam if required..…

We recommend all the clients we always do follow up call next day or two after procedures if you have any problem with pet Please don’t Hesitate to call us Back 604-532-7600 or email us at avonvet@yahoo.ca