Surgery

Safest Anesthetic Procedures Available in Small Animal Practice!

Because of our pre-surgical precautions, our intensive anesthetic monitoring and comprehensive care, the risks of anesthesia at Cimarron Animal Hospital are absolutely minimal.

Pre-Surgical Blood Testing

Every patient at Cimarron undergoing anesthesia has pre-anesthetic blood testing done to ensure that liver and kidneys are functioning adequately to metabolize the sedatives, anesthetics and pain medications given during surgery. At many clinics, pre-anesthetic blood testing is not required, and may not even be recommended to owners!

Pre-Surgical Examination

Every animal at Cimarron receives a Complete Physical Examination by a veterinarian before any anesthetics are administered. At many veterinary clinics, patients may receive tranquilizers or anesthetics before a veterinarian even sees them.

IV Catheter and Fluids

All patients receive an IV catheter and fluids during anesthesia at Cimarron Animal Hospital. All patients (even young ones) that are given general anesthetics will have subnormal blood pressure, putting organ health at risk if they are not supplemented with IV fluid support. An IV catheter also gives us immediate intravenous access for medications should any be needed quickly. Only AAHA certified hospitals can be guaranteed to administer IV fluids during anesthesia. Many hospitals do not even offer this protective, potentially life-saving feature.

Sevoflurane

Sevoflurane gas is one of the safest gas anesthetics available in human and veterinary medicine today. All patients under general anesthesia at Cimarron get Sevoflurane. Not all hospitals invest the extra in the safety of Sevoflurane, rather using less expensive, more risky anesthetics. Our staff wants the best for their own pets, so our patients get no less!

Before You Choose a ``Discount`` Option, Ask These Questions:

Do you offer pre-surgical blood testing? Is that included in the “discount” price?

Does your Veterinarian examine my pet prior to any medications being given?

What anesthetics are used? Will my pet be maintained on Sevoflurane?

What equipment is used to monitor my pet during anesthesia?

Will a Certified Veterinary Technician monitor my pet’s anesthesia?

How many pets does your surgery Assistant monitor at one time?

Is pain medication given before surgery and during surgery? Is pain medication sent home?

Anesthetic Monitoring

Our Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with over 25 years’ experience, assists with every surgery. Many hospitals do not even have a CVT on staff.   You can be assured that there is one staff member dedicated to doing nothing except monitoring your pet, and only your pet, while he is under anesthesia. All of our general anesthesia patients, young and old alike, are further monitored with a Pulse Oximeter, Blood Pressure monitor, EKG, continous Body Temperature monitor, and Respiratory monitor. If any parameters dip, we know immediately and can respond before a crisis, so your pet stays as safe as possible!

Comprehensive Pain Management

All of our surgery patients receive pain medication PRIOR to anesthesia. Depending on the level of discomfort anticipated by the particular procedure, many of our patients receive local anesthetic, directly at the surgical site during the procedure. We also provide pain injections during the procedure so we are relieving the pain before it has a chance to really start hurting. Most of our patients go home with pain medication as well. “Discount “ or “Reduced cost” surgery patients often receive only the most minimal pain control, if any.