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Like you, our greatest concern is the well-being of your pet. Your pet is scheduled for an anesthetic procedure. All anesthesia and surgery involve some potential risks and complications, including death. Before putting your pet under anesthesia, we will perform a full physical examination. We also recommend that a pre-anesthetic blood profile be performed to maximize patient safety and alert the doctor to the presence of dehydration, anemia, infection, diabetes, and kidney or liver disease, which would complicate the procedure. These conditions may not be detected without a preanesthetic profile. These tests are similar to those your own physician would run if you were to undergo anesthesia. In addition, the results of these tests may detect health changes earlier and allow more accurate diagnosis and treatments. If abnormalities are found, we will contact you at the number above.
Other procedures can decrease the risk to your pet if problems arise. One of these procedures would be the placement of an intravenous catheter which can be used to administer fluids and medication in case of complications. IV fluid therapy will help to keep blood pressure up and ensure perfusion (blood flow) of all organs. It also helps to hydrate the animal as they are not allowed to drink much the day of the procedure. Dehydration can increase recovery time and contribute to nausea and fatigue. If unexpected problems arise and you are unable to be reached by phone, the doctors have the right to make medical decisions for your pet.