Patients with severe dental disease are often geriatric and as a result may have age-related illnesses. We have advanced monitoring equipment and support for geriatric animals. Anesthetic monitoring for every patient includes:
- non-invasive blood pressure
- respiratory rate
A ventilator with a high-pressure patient alarm is utilized and temperature regulation is carefully controlled. Short-acting anesthetics are used to allow for rapid recovery, and patients are kept in temperature-controlled cages after the procedure.
Post-operative pain management involves local anesthetics, narcotics, and NSAIDS on a case-by-case basis. Patients requiring overnight care or further hospitalization should return to their veterinarian or to a 24-hour facility.
Since nearly all of our procedures require general anesthesia, all patients regardless of age are required to have appropriate pre-anesthetic tests performed by us their veterinarian before any procedures are performed.
Consultations and procedures usually occur on the same day and in-house bloodwork is available.
The procedures performed are very important to the animals health but are considered elective, therefore systemically ill animals are better served by waiting to undergo general anesthesia until stable enough to do so.
Patients with suspected neoplasms should have appropriate workups before consultation including bloodwork and three-view thoracic radiographs at a minimum, and potentially abdominal ultrasound or conventional CT imaging of the lungs and tumor site. While we offer cone beam CT, this is not ideal for soft tissue neoplasms or disorders.
Patients with known cardiac disease should be evaluated by a cardiologist before undergoing any anesthetic procedure.