Surgery may sound like a daunting event for your pet, but in the hands of an experienced veterinarian, it can be the lifesaving procedure it is intended to be. While general surgery is used in cases of emergencies such as traumatic injuries or life threatening tumors, it also includes preventative medicine such as spaying and neutering. Additionally, surgery is an invaluable tool in making a diagnosis when other non-invasive methods do not provide sufficient information for a proper diagnosis.
Surgical monitoring is essential for safe surgery. Prior to receiving general anesthesia, we perform pre-anesthetic blood testing on our patients and, often, an electrocardiogram to assess their overall health. During surgery, our patients are maintained on equipment that monitors their electrocardiogram, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, body temperature, blood pressure and respiration.