One of our doctors will examine your pet prior to anesthesia. This exam will be one of our first lines of defense in detecting potential problems with your pet prior to anesthesia. The exam will cover checking your pet's eyes, nose, lymph nodes, heart, lungs, hydration, circulation and general condition. If problems are found which may significantly increase the risk of anesthesia or warrant additional care, these problems will be discussed with you prior to proceeding with the anesthesia. Some risk exists with all general anesthesia. We encourage you to discuss the anesthesia and procedures as well as the potential risk with your veterinarian. Your pet is scheduled for general anesthesia and will have a blood profile performed before anesthesia. The profile includes seven tests used to evaluate your pet’s (1) White Blood Cells for signs of infection, inflammation, and leukemia (2) Red Blood Cells for signs of anemia (3) Platelets which are critical for proper clotting (4) Blood Protein which is important for proper healing (5) Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) to assess kidney function (6) Blood Glucose (Sugar) (7) Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) to assess liver function. The safest anesthetic medications and techniques will be tailored to your pet's needs, in order to maximize safety and minimize discomfort. EKG, Pulse Oximetry, Cardiopulmonary (heart & respiratory) monitoring equipment is used in all procedures as an added precaution. In addition, an intravenous (IV) solution will be administered to during anesthesia to ensure proper electrolyte levels and adequate blood pressure.This IV catheter also ensures that we have emergency venous access. Any patient undergoing procedures that may result in discomfort receive medication to minimize and prevent pain as they recover from general anesthesia. Additionally, post operative pain medications will be administered. If needed, external parasite (flea or tick) control or bathing will be provided for a nominal fee. A Forced Warm Air blanket will be used during the anesthesia procedure to maintain body temperature and to provide a cushion between your pet and the table to minimize discomfort. Our surgeons wear sterile gowns, sterile gloves, cap and mask during all major surgical procedures to protect your pet's sterility. All major surgical procedures are performed in a sterile, enclosed operating room inspected and accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. Our anesthetic, surgical and nursing protocols are routinely reviewed and accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. Our surgical instrument packs and equipment are sterilized between patients. Post-anesthetic and recovery monitoring will be performed by trained personnel with an attention to comfort and safety. General anesthetic procedures are usually performed throughout the day. Early morning admission is designed to reduce anxiety and to allow the proper amount of time for pre-anesthetic examination, medication administration and testing to be completed.