Having been declawed, neutered, and undergone several dental procedures, this cat has had multiple run-ins with anesthesia. While some of my experiences happened before I came to AHDC, I wanted to let everyone know a little bit about what my vet and tech friends do to keep your pets safe and pain free.
- Before any of your pets are anesthetized, my vets check their bloodwork to be sure there are no underlying issues that may need to be addressed or if any anesthesia adjustments are needed before going “under the knife.”
- We (sometimes I supervise) individualize all anesthetic plans based on your pet’s age, health, and energy level; and also based on the procedure being done. We also use the safest anesthesia out there. Many of the drugs we use are also used in people since we pets are equally important!
- We are all about the pain meds! My technicians want all the animals to be comfy and cozy before, during, and after surgery. All the surgery patients get a little something to take the edge off before surgery and help prevent pain during and afterwards. Sorry parents, we can’t prescribe anything for your nerves, just your pet’s. After surgery, everyone who needs it gets pain medications for the next couple days after surgery. And if your pup or kitty is still painful, all you have to do is call and we will do our best to fix that.
- While your friend is under anesthesia, the awesome AHDC technicians are closely watching all the vitals (heart, blood pressure, oxygen level, etc). They stay with your pet from beginning to end to make sure they are safe and make any adjustments needed.
- I don’t remember how or when I was declawed, but any kitten or cat declawed at AHDC is kept as comfortable as possible. Before the procedure, they have a nerve block around their tootsies to prevent any sensation during the procedure. My vets use a surgical laser which really helps minimize the trauma and bleeding during the surgery. My cat friends heal so much faster and generally are ready to get back to their normal routines (but just because they feel they are ready, doesn’t mean they are just yet).
- I have had at least 2 dental cleanings and several teeth extracted. My doctors take xrays of my teeth while I’m asleep to make sure they catch any disease under my gums. They can also do the same for your pet to be sure any dental issues are found and treated. That way your friend will have less mouth discomfort and a clean bill of dental health when they wake up and go home with you.
Basically, my AHDC people want all your pets/kids/friends to be as safe and comfortable as possible while undergoing procedures that can be a little scary for them and their parents.