Surgery and Pain Management
At Cheshire Animal Hospital all pets undergoing surgery, whether it is a routine spay or neuter or a complicated orthopedic pinning, receive the same level of care.
We recommend pre-surgical bloodwork if your pet has not had bloodwork done in the three months prior to surgery. This especially is important if your pet is older than five years or has special health concerns.
In keeping with the standards required by the A.A.H.A, surgeries are performed in a separate surgical suite that is not used for routine care or treatment. The precautions taken with your pet's surgery resemble those of a human hospital.
After receiving a mild sedative an intravenous catheter is placed in your pet's leg giving us a port for quick, easy and accurate administration of fluids and medications. Your pet is then intubated with a breathing tube which allows a combination of oxygen and ultra-safe anesthesia to enter your pets system. Once in the surgical suite your pet is attached to machines that monitor its temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration and oxygen levels. An IV pump maintains your pets' appropriate fluid levels. The surgeon wears a sterile gown, cap, mask and gloves and is assisted by a technician (nurse) who monitors your pet throughout the entire procedure.
Post surgical patients recover on heated pads within sight of the technicians to insure that your pets' recovery is smooth and uneventful.
Cheshire Animal Hospital takes the management of pain very seriously. Our technicians have had special training in the recognition, assessment and alleviation of pain. We have several pain medications available that can be delivered orally, by injection to ensure that the most appropriate, most effective level of pain relief is achieved.