Anesthesia, Surgery & Pain Management

surgery-300x258 Anesthesia, Surgery & Pain Management

Middlesex County Animal Hospital uses the latest veterinary anesthetic protocols, monitoring devices, and surgical techniques to facilitate your pet’s speedy surgical recovery. Whether your pet is a six month old kitten coming in for a spay or a sixteen year old Labrador in need of a dental, we take all necessary anesthetic precautions. Our team of veterinary technicians has decades of experience in all aspects of anesthesia and surgery. Their technical support combined with the surgical experience and knowledge provided by our veterinarians will put you at ease. Back to Top

Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork

Anesthesia is accomplished by giving medications through a combination of injection and inhalation that must then be eliminated by the body. The primary organs which have the job of getting rid of the anesthetic are the liver and kidneys. Middlesex County Animal Hospital runs pre-anesthetic blood work on all patients as even puppies and kittens may have congenital kidney or liver diseases that could potentially impact anesthesia. As animals age diseases which may adversely affect anesthesia and surgery increase and thus we make our blood work recommendations based on the age of the patient. These tests are run to provide our doctors with vital information regarding your pet and allow us to modify our anesthetic and surgical protocols accordingly. Back to Top

Anesthetic Monitoring

surgery_3-300x258 Anesthesia, Surgery & Pain ManagementMiddlesex County Animal Hospital provides our doctors and technicians with the latest in anesthetic monitoring equipment to assess vital parameters on your pet throughout their procedure. Monitoring equipment including a pulse doppler, electrocardiogram, pulse oximeter, and blood pressure monitor will be manned by a dedicated anesthetic technician. Technicians will monitor your pet for heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, blood oxygen concentration, pulse rate and quality, and blood pressure. In addition, we provide venous access and intravenous fluid support for anesthetic and surgical procedures. Your pet’s safety throughout the anesthetic and surgical process is our number one priority as we will strive to continue to bring the most up to date medical and surgical care for your pet. Back to Top

Surgical Procedures

Doctors at Middlesex County Animal Hospital have extensive surgical training and experience at performing soft tissue and orthopedic surgical procedures. The hospital offers a full range of elective, emergency, and orthopedic surgeries. Elective procedures are performed daily by our veterinarians often during a day stay for your pet. In addition, our staff veterinarians have performed many emergency surgical procedures including bloats, bowel obstructions, splenectomies, and urinary obstructions. Orthopedic procedures including anterior cruciate ligament and bone fracture repair are performed by visiting orthopedic and board-certified surgeons. The entire staff at Middlesex County Animal Hospital will work to keep your pet comfortable, pain free, and in a quiet comfortable environment during their stay. We know these things will speed their recovery from surgery to get them back home as quickly as possible.  Back to Top

Pain Management

New research has shown that pets show pain in ways that may not always be obvious to people. Pets may act more withdrawn, have decreased appetites or activity levels, pant, or act aggressive when they are in pain. At Middlesex County Animal Hospital, we assume that any procedure which would cause pain in people will likely cause some degree of pain in pets and we treat with pain medications accordingly. All pets are given pain medication before and after surgery and most are sent home with pain medication to be given by the owner. We also ask that the owner’s monitor their pets for any signs of pain and call us if they have any concerns. Your pet’s comfort is our number one priority and we have a wide variety of medications available to control pain. Since the medications can have side effects including stomach upset and sedation we ask that you monitor your pet closely and call with any problems. Pain has been shown to reduce a patient’s ability to heal and thus controlling pain will get your pet back on their paws more quickly and give you peace of mind.Back to Top

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