Our Johnston Veterinarian Discusses Pet Anesthesia
The procedure to be performed today necessitates the use of general anesthesia. In order to provide the highest quality care for your pet, the staff at Rush Animal Care Clinic feels that you should be fully informed about the possible complications involved with the administration of general anesthetics. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have concerning today’s procedure.
If deemed necessary, your pet will be given intravenous fluids during the procedure. This helps maintain blood pressure and proper circulation to all tissues. If your pet is undergoing a procedure anticipated to be longer than 30 minutes, we will use IV fluids.
Anesthesia complications can include but are not limited to:
- Prolonged recovery
- Respiratory depression
- Drop in or loss of appetite
- Organ impairment or dysfunction
Your pet will be monitored for respirations, heart rate, oxygenation, blood pressure, and temperature. If, at any time, we feel additional medications or procedures are needed, we must have an available phone number for contacting you. Please be sure you are available at that phone number for the morning of your pet’s surgery. If you have given us a cell number, remember to check your phone often for messages. If you prefer, we can text you following the procedure.
We will cover all post-operative instructions when your dog or cat is discharged. Most dogs or cats in for the same-day procedures are discharged after 3 p.m. Some may be ready sooner in the day.
Contact our Johnston Veterinarian
When there is a need for pet anesthesia, making sure you bring your pet to a reputable veterinarian is a must. Contact our Johnston veterinarian, Dr. Barbara Rush, at Rush Animal Care Clinic by calling (515) 270-2240 to make an appointment.