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Anesthesia is always considered a risk, but at Quail Creek Veterinary Clinic we do everything we can to minimize the risk for your pet:
All pets undergoing anesthesia are examined prior even if we just saw them recently (at no cost unless it has been a while since we have seen them). We want to make sure that there are no changes in your pet's health or condition before undergoing anesthesia.
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We recommend pre-surgical labwork on all pets, including a Complete Blood Count and either a small Chemistry panel for pets under 5 or a full panel for pets over 5 years old.
We tailor our anesthetics and drugs administered based on your pet's individual needs, age, bloodwork results, and previous anesthetic events. We use the safest anesthetics possible, and in many cases can reverse the effects if necessary.
Your pet will have a shaved spot on it's leg where the IV catheter was placed. All pets undergoing surgical procedures will have an IV catheter.
We also use a multi-modal approach to pain management, in some cases using more than one pain control agent that work through different pathways to ensure that your pet is pain-free. Your pet will receive pain medication to continue at home after most procedures.
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We recommend that all pets not intended for breeding undergo castration or ovariohysterectomy at 6 months of age. We also check for retained deciduous (baby teeth) and recommend extraction at the time of the procedure.
During any surgical procedure, OraVet gel may be applied and a home-care kit sent home to keep your pet's teeth looking as good as new. Microchips can be implanted any time without anesthesia, but many owners choose to have this done while their pet is anesthetized.
Surgical procedures routinely performed:
- Dental cleanings including extractions, radiographs, and tooth-saving measures
- Dewclaw removal in canines
- Cystotomy (bladder stone removal)
- Abdominal exploratory
- Mass removals
- Cesarean sections
Other surgical procedures may be performed when needed, please call for a consultation.