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Pet Anesthesia

It is not uncommon to be worried if your pet is scheduled for surgery. Our veterinarian at Willow Glen Pet Hospital also understands that the use of anesthesia on your pet may cause you some concern. That's why we believe that learning more about pet anesthesia will help remedy some of your anxiety about the upcoming procedure.

Pet Anesthesia

Administering the Anesthesia

Our vet will place an intravenous catheter to administer injectable anesthesia and fluid, and it will go directly to your pet's bloodstream.

Your Pet Will Be Monitored

Your pet will be observed by a vet tech the entire time they are under anesthesia. The vet tech will monitor your pet's breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate during the procedure. If your pet starts having an adverse reaction to the anesthesia, our vet will take action to keep your pet safe. Your pet will continue to be monitored while in recovery because adverse effects from anesthesia can occur after the procedure as well. Your pet will never be alone during or after the procedure, which should give you peace of mind.

Preparing Your Pet for Anesthesia

It is essential that your pet fasts for 12 hours before the surgery. You should make your pet's last meal before the procedure the night before. If you leave a bowl of food on the floor for your pet to eat when they get hungry, you should remove the bowl 12 hours before your pet's appointment. If your pet doesn't fast, it could vomit during the procedure. If they do, they can aspirate the vomit, resulting in aspiration pneumonia, which is a serious complication. Your pet can have water the night before the surgery. However, you should take it away a few hours before the procedure.

Caring for Your Pet After

When you bring your pet home from the veterinary clinic, he or she will still be drowsy. It is best to set up a quiet area for your pet to sleep away from the other pets, children, and noise. Your pet may not be hungry right after returning home, which is normal. When your pet is ready to eat, small meals are best. You should also pay attention to the wound site. If the vet puts a cone on your pet to prevent them from licking and scratching the wound, make sure your pet doesn't do anything to mess with the cone or wound. It's important to stick to the medication schedule set by our vet after surgery.

Visit Us for Pet Surgery from our Veterinary Team in San Jose

If your pet is scheduled for surgery and you are still anxious, our professionals at Willow Glen Pet Hospital can provide information to put your mind at ease. We treat patients in Willow Glen and San Jose and can discuss any questions or concerns you have. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your pet's upcoming surgery, give us a call today.


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