Patient Monitoring

During a General Anesthetic, both the Veterinarian and a Veterinary Technician attend to all of our patients. The presence of the Veterinary Technician ensures that the patient is continuously monitored for breathing, heart rate, pulse quality, gum colour, oxygen saturation levels, temperature, depth of anesthesia etc while the Veterinarian concentrates on the procedure at hand. Adjustments are made to the anesthetic to maintain a proper depth of anesthesia and to ensure appropriate pain control. The Veterinary Technician will continuously communicate relevant information to the Veterinarian, thus allowing the Veterinarian to make informed decisions regarding anesthetic drugs and dosage levels to be used. Monitoring during the recovery phase is also crucial to a comfortable and smooth recovery. The endotracheal tube is left in place until the patient is able to swallow. The patient is not left unattended until they are awake and able to lay in sternal recumbency (i.e. lying down on the chest and elbows with the head up), at which point they return to their cage for further recovery and frequent checks by the Technician and/or the Veterinarian. Close observation during the recovery phase allows the Veterinarian to determine if additional analgesics are needed to ensure the comfort of the patient.