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Pre-Anesthetic Blood Screening and IV Catheter Placement
At Bayview Hill Animal Hospital, all patients undergoing an anesthetic procedure receive pre-anesthetic blood screening prior to the procedure. This screening is performed to help ensure a safe anesthetic experience. By discovering any underlying problems prior to surgery, the anesthetic protocol may be altered or the procedure cancelled. Blood panels evaluate parameters such as liver and kidney changes as well as red blood cell count. For our older patients, a more comprehensive panel of tests will be recommended prior to anesthesia.
Your pet’s comfort is very important to us, and we take pain management seriously for all our patients. Every surgical patient receives narcotic pain medication prior to their procedure. Most receive an injection, but for more involved procedures we may use a narcotic patch applied 12 - 24 hours before the surgery. In addition we may administer local anesthetic blocks, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory injections, or constant rate infusions (CRI) of other medications to further control pain.
We use only the safest anesthetic protocols for your pet. We use the same anesthetic agents used in human hospitals! Our anesthetic machines are carefully inspected and calibrated by certified anesthesia specialists on an annual basis to ensure they are working optimally. Likewise, we customize our anesthetic protocols for each individual patient, taking into account such factor as age, breed sensitivities and recent lab work.
Your pet’s health and comfort is as important to us as it is to you. The use of the laser for surgical procedures has many benefits over more traditional surgical techniques including:
LESS PAIN - Laser energy helps pets heal with less pain because the laser seals nerve endings as it moves through tissue rather than cutting as with scalpel surgery.
LESS BLEEDING – The laser seals small blood vessels during surgery, which allows us to operate with more precision and less bleeding for your pet.
LESS SWELLING - Laser energy does not crush, tear or bruise tissues because the only thing that touches your pet is an invisible beam of light.
REDUCED RISK OF INFECTION – The laser sterilizes as it removes diseased tissue, killing bacteria that causes infection
REDUCED ANESTHETIC TIME – Surgical and anesthetic time often reduced on many procedures because of decreased bleeding and the increased speed at which many procedures can be performed.
A laser is ideal for most surgical procedures performed on your pet including cysts, tumors, warts, eye and ear diseases as well as all elective procedures.
During anesthetic and surgical procedures, your pet's body temperature drops considerably without proper attention. This results in prolonged recovery from anesthesia along with the discomfort of shivering and being very cold.
A low body temperature during anesthetics can be life-threatening! Standard heating blankets and water bottles just aren't enough.
At Bayview Hill Animal Hospital, we use a sophisticated warming system to keep our patients warm, comfortable and safe!