Even though many pets may not show signs of pain and are unable to tell us when and where they hurt, we know that just like us, pets experience some discomfort or pain following a surgical procedure. For this reason, we require post-surgical pain management for all of our surgery patients. This pain management involves medications given after surgery while here in the hospital and also oral medications to be given at home.
To further enhance your pet’s safety, we also recommend a pre-surgical blood screen and peri-operative fluids. A pre-anesthetic blood screen evaluates the organ systems most directly affecting the safety of anesthesia, the liver and kidneys, and tests for anemia and dehydration. This testing can help us plan the anesthetic procedures that are best for your pet. We also recommend an intravenous catheter and fluids during the surgical procedure to help maintain blood pressure, oxygen perfusion, assist the body in processing the anesthetic medicines more efficiently, and provide immediate access to give medications in case of emergencies.