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Anaesthesia and Surgery

Most animals at some point in their life will need to have a general anaesthetic. Don't panic! Anaesthesia in 2011 is very safe, and each patient at Beech House Veterinary Centre will have a carefully thought out anaesthetic protocol to match their individual requirements. We take care of your pets like they were our own.

Beech House Veterinary Centre General Anaesthesia Protocol:

  • Each animal has a pre-anaesthetic consultation with a vet.
  • Pre-Anaesthetic blood sampling is recommended to quickly identify underlying medical conditions prior to anaesthesia.
  • Every animal has an intravenous catheter placed for sedation and anaesthesia. This provides direct access to a vein allowing ease of medication administration for pain relief, antibiotics and emergency drugs.
  • Intravenous fluids are recommended to support animals during the anaesthetic and aid their recovery in the immediate post-operative period. Fluids are given via the intravenous catheter using an infusion pump which delivers sterile balanced electrolyte solutions at a set rate according to the individuals requirements.
  • Patients are given a pre-med to relax them ~40mins prior to their procedure.
  • Induction agents are given in a painless way and animals are constantly reassured and handled gently.
  • For general anaesthesia an endotracheal tube is placed in the airway to enable oxygen and maintenance anaesthetic gas to be given. This also ensures that we are able to give breaths for the patient if they have problems breathing.
  • A dedicated anaesthetic nurse constantly monitors the patients heart, breathing and pain levels and adjusts the anaesthetic accordingly.
  • Monitoring equipment is routinely used in all operations including pulse-oximetry, ECG, Blood Pressure, Capnography, temperature probes.
  • Patients are maintained at a constant temperature and this is monitored throughout anaesthesia and post-operative period.
  • Recovery from anaesthesia takes place in one of our individual cat, dog or rabbit kennels where they are kept warm and comfortable. Smaller patients may recover in our incubator. A dedicated kennel nurse will ensure they recover happily and will continue to monitor their vital statistics in the immediate post-operative period.
  • Most animals are given a light meal a few hours after they have woken up.
  • Animals, young and old, generally recover remarkably well following anaesthesia and surgery and are ready to go home the same day.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak to one of our vets or qualified nurses by calling to make an appointment on 01932 220768.

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