Today’s modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at the Animal Care Center of Mobile, we do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering anesthetics, to ensure that a fever or other illness won’t be a problem. We also adjust the amount and type of anesthetic used depending on the health of your pet. If you have questions about anesthesia, an associate can explain it to you in greater detail.
Pre-anesthetic blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia. Every pet needs blood testing before surgery to ensure that the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic. Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If there is a problem, it is much better to find it before it causes anesthetic or surgical complications. Animals that have minor dysfunction will handle the anesthetic better if they receive IV fluids during surgery. If serious problems are detected, surgery can be postponed until the problem is corrected.
We offer two levels of in-house blood testing before surgery, which we will go over with you when you bring your pet in. The pre-surgical screen gives the doctor necessary info about the liver and kidneys to ensure the safety of your pet during surgery. For geriatric or ill pets, our doctors may prefer the more comprehensive screen. For these pets, additional blood tests, electrocardiograms, or x-rays may be required before surgery as well.
It is important that surgery be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia. For dogs and cats, you will need to withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours before surgery. Water can be left down for the pet until the morning of surgery. Exotic pets and small mammals have different requirements. Please call our office for specific requirements for your exotic pet.