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Feeling Apprehensive About Pet Treatment Involving Anesthesia?

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You Can Prepare for Surgical Procedures that Require Anesthesia

If your pet has a planned surgical procedure coming up, you can take simple steps to ensure a good result.

  • Ask your pet's vet about the benefits of using an anesthesia during the procedure.
  • Have your veterinarian help you understand the risks of your pet's procedure.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions about preparing for the surgery and anesthesia.
  • Keep a close watch on your pet before and after the procedure and let your veterinarian know if something isn't right.

Emergencies happen when we least expect it, and anesthesia could be a necessary component required to treat your pet.  Treatment recommendations your veterinarian makes could also include dental care involving anesthesia.  You may elect to neuter or spay your pet.  Anesthesia will be required.  Repair of broken bones and retrieval of foreign material from your pet's stomach will require anesthesia.  There are benefits and, of course, there are risks.  How can you make an informed decision without information?  You can't.  So, let's change that now.

If there is a time your pet requires anesthesia during a surgical procedure, your veterinarian will fully examine your pet.  During the examination, your doctor will check your pet's organs and vital functions to ensure overall health and wellness to accept the anesthesia and the planned surgery itself.  Your doctor will report to you the outcome of the exam and help you complete all treatment recommended.

Anxious About Anesthesia by Sheilah Robertson helps educate pet owners about the facts and risks of anesthesia in the veterinary operating room.  Robertson advises that blood tests before a procedure help your veterinarian "choose the right anesthetic drugs" for your pet.  Dr. Robertson also explains that if your veterinarian is concerned about your pet's heart or lungs, more tests may be needed."  Your doctor will "talk with you about whether it's safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia."

Delaying care or failing to treat your pet because anesthesia is involved may cause your pet some health complications or a decline in current health.  Your veterinarian is concerned for your pet, too.  The doctor you work with will take many steps before, during and after your pet's surgery to ensure a positive outcome.  Keeping up with your pet's health, activity levels, knowing current lab results and accurately predicting how your pet will react to the anesthesia are all part of your veterinarian's job.

Recovery time after your pet receives anesthesia will be important.  Your veterinarian and surgical staff will monitor your pet closely.  They will also require that your pet remain with them until your pet is awake and fairly alert.  You will want to support your doctor's requirement that your pet be watched vigilantly after a surgical procedure involving the use of anesthesia.

If your pet is obese, a senior or a smaller animal your veterinarian will have additional considerations.  These pets are carefully evaluated before a surgery and well guarded after it.  Keeping your pet healthy and well includes maintaining an appropriate weight.  Pet obesity and surgery can require your pet's vital organs to work even harder than normal.  Senior pets may have an unknown health condition that becomes known during the surgery.  That condition may interrupt speedy healing that would otherwise occur.  Smaller animals are just that - smaller.  A small pet can become colder during a procedure involving anesthesia so will need extra attention.

Drugs used during the giving of anesthesia to pets are monitored and recorded for accuracy and proper dosage.  Your veterinarian will take careful note of your pet's weight and health status before using anesthesia.  Your doctor will be careful to give your pet only the amount needed and nothing more.

When your pet needs anesthesia ask your veterinarian to answer your questions before the procedure.  Let your doctor know you're concerned about your pet and want its health restored.  Apprehensive pet-parents help veterinarians stay alert and tuned in during surgical procedures.  Your vet will always work with you for your pet's best health.  You're a team and you both want your pet to "win."

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Testimonials

  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.

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    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.
     

    Linda P.

    San Francisco, CA

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