Stolley Park
Veterinary Hospital

3020 W. Stolley Park Road  Grand Island, Nebraska  68801  
Phone:  308-384-6272   Fax:  308-384-0984

Anesthesia

The following procedures are done on our anesthetized patients because it optimizes anesthetic success, and increases patient comfort.  All of these are performed routinely without any additional charge.

  1. Circulating Warm Water Blanket -- most animals lose some of their body heat during surgery.  This helps keep the animal comfortable and closer to the normal 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pre-medication -- mild sedative given to your pet before undergoing anesthesia makes both the induction and recover much smoother. 
  3. IsofluraneTM Gas Anesthetic -- one of the safest inhalant anesthetics available, used by the majority of veterinary colleges and specialty practices in North America.
  4. Humid-Vent Filter -- increases the humidity in the air being taken in by the patient.  The purpose is to decrease tracheal irritation. 
  5. Active Gas Scavenger System -- exhaled anesthesia and carbon dioxide is vented away from the patient and outside of the building.

It is our job to ensure that your pet can properly process and eliminate the anesthetic he or she is given.  Before we perform any procedure that requires anesthesia, we recommend running blood tests to confirm your pet's organs are functioning properly and to reveal any hidden health conditions that could put your pet at risk.

Pets 5 years and younger:

Pre-anesthetic blood work consists of a hematocrit and a complete blood count.  Please contact our office for a fee schedule.

Hematocrit (Het) -- provides information on the amount of red blood cells (rbcs) present in the blood.  A low hematocrit indicates anemia (low read blood cells or hemoglobin).

White Blood Cell Count (WBC) -- The total wbc counts can indicate inflammation or infection.  Low platelet numbers can indicate a bleeding problem.  We may advise that surgery be delayed if anemia, infection or especially a low platelet count is present because these conditions could cause serious surgical complications.

Your pet will have his/her blood pressure, temperature, oxygen level, heart rate, and respiratory rate monitored while under anesthesia.  The fee for this is included with the surgery price. 

For painful procedures, we recommend a post-operative pain control injection.  It provides pain relief for 24 hours after surgery and begins working even while your pet is waking up from the procedure.  The cost of this is also included with the surgery price. 

Pets 6 years and older

Pre-anesthetic work-up for a senior pet consists of a blood panel.  It is drawn and run the morning of the scheduled procedure.  Please contact our office for a fee schedule.

Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) -- this enzyme becomes elevated in the bloodstream with liver disease or injury.

Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) -- this is produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys.  Abnormally high levels can indicate kidney disease or dehydration and low levels can be associated with liver disease.

Creatinine (CREA) -- a by-product of muscle metabolism which is excreted by the kidneys.  Elevated levels can indicate kidney disease, urinary tract obstruction or dehydration.

Blood Glucose (GLU) -- high levels can indicate diabetes.  In cats, high levels can also indicate stress.  Low levels can indicate liver disease, infection or certain tumors.

On our senior patients, we also require supplemental intravenous (IV) fluids be administered during the procedure.  Please contact our office for a fee schedule.

Your pet will have his/her blood pressure, temperature, oxygen level, heart rate, and respiratory rate monitored while under anesthesia.  The fee for this is included with the surgery price.

For painful procedures, we recommend a post-operative pain control injection.  It provides pain relief for 24 hours after surgery, and begins working even while your pet is waking up from the procedure.  The cost for this is also included with the surgery price. 

 

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