Any anaesthetic involves risk. Most patients will have no problems or side effects at all, but very occasionally problems we cannot foresee can occur. Every patient anaesthetised at Harradine and Associates has a physical examination before they are pre medicated to ensure diagnosable abnormalities are found. All anaesthetics performed in our hospital use the safest possible agents both to reduce risk associated with anaesthesia and to ensure the fastest, smoothest recovery afterwards. We use pain relieving drugs both intra- and postoperatively to make pets more comfortable and help recovery.
There are two other anaesthetic related procedures which will be discussed with you before your pet has an anaesthetic.
Pre Anaesthetic blood tests:
To ensure your pet can properly process and eliminate an anaesthetic, we run tests to confirm your pets organs are functioning properly and to find hidden health conditions that could put your pet at risk. Because older pets are at the most risk under anaesthetic, pre-anaesthetic bloods tests are essential. They are also very useful in our young pets to ensure their organs are functioning normally. The more information we have about your pet, internally and externally, the more we can tailor their anaesthetic appropriately.
Intraoperative intravenous fluids:
We believe that intraoperative IV fluid therapy allows us to provide the best medicine possible for our patients. Intravenous fluids help to maintain hydration, body heat (when they are warmed), blood pressure and tissue blood supply and markedly assist in minimising cases of acute kidney failure which is probably the most common post anaesthetic serious complication we see.
Not all pets require pre anaesthetic blood testing and intraoperative intravenous fluids, and not everyone can afford everything, so we choose to discuss these with clients, but when we feel they are absolutely necessary to the wellbeing of the patient, we will tell you.