Overland Park Pet Surgery & Anesthesia
At Blue Valley Animal Hospital in Overland Park, we understand you may have concerns about anesthesia. We want you to feel comfortable and know that we are well prepared to administer anesthesia and perform your pet's surgery safely.
- Before your pet has anesthesia and surgery, it is important that he/she not eat for 12 hours prior to the anesthetic being administered. This will ensure that no food is aspirated into his/her lungs during the procedure.
- Prior to being anesthetized, your pet's health history will be assessed and pre-surgical bloodwork and a chest x-ray will be evaluated. We want to make sure he/she is strong enough to receive anesthetic drugs and undergo surgery. In particular, his/her heart, lungs, liver, and kidney function will be evaluated. If there are issues, we will either postpone the procedure or take special care to monitor these organs during the procedure.
- Your pet will be given a mild sedative before the anesthesia is administered. This will help calm him/her so an intravenous catheter (IV) can be inserted. The IV is left in place so your pet can receive pain medication during surgery or other life-saving drugs if a complication arises.
Administering General Anesthesia
- Once your pet is resting, we will prepare to administer an anesthetic called Propofol through the IV catheter. Because this area needs to remain extremely clean in order to prevent infection, your pet will be shaved at the site and his/her skin thoroughly cleaned. Our vet and technicians will also take special care to wash and disinfect before the procedure. The environment will be completely sterile and our vet will wear a cap, gown, mask, and gloves so you can rest assured we are doing everything possible to prevent infection.
- When your pet is unconscious, the general anesthetic Isoflurane is then administered via endotracheal intubation. At Blue Valley Animal Hospital in Overland Park, we are very familiar with Propofol and Isoflurane; they are considered the safest anesthetics for your pet. There are cheaper protocols used in low-cost facilities that perform animal surgery, but they can cause irritation, pain, and even central nervous system disturbances.
Monitoring Anesthesia During Surgery
- During your pet's surgery, our Overland Park veterinary technician will monitor his/her heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation level (SPO2) continuously.
- After surgery, your pet will be brought to a warm recovery area and allowed to return to consciousness slowly. In most cases, he/she will be able to go home later that same day.
- You will be instructed to keep your pet from licking or chewing on the incision. In most cases, an e-collar will be sent home with your pet to wear until sutures come out.
- If your pet is wearing a bandage, you will need to keep it dry until instructed to remove it.
- Additionally, your pet may exhibit behaviors that are unusual for him/her such as sleepiness or crankiness. You should allow him/ her to rest, and keep him/her away from small children or other animals that might bother him/her. Within a few days, your pet should be back to his/her regular self.