What kinds of surgeries are done at Spring Branch Veterinary Hospital?
Common preventative surgeries done at SBVH include spays (females), neuters (males), as well as growth or tumor removals. Oral surgeries are also commonly done to prevent and treat dental disease. Other soft tissue procedures such as urinary bladder stone removal and gastropexy (gastric dilation and volvulus prevention) and some orthopedic surgeries such as ACL repair are among a wide array of surgeries done at SBVH.
How does a pre-surgical blood profile help keep pets safe?
To keep pets as safe as possible for surgical procedures, a pre-anesthetic blood profile is either done the morning of the procedure or recent blood profile results (usually within the previous month) are used to assess the pet’s candidacy for surgery. Along with the pre-surgical exam done by our veterinarian , the blood profile results give assurance that such complications as bleeding risks, inability to oxygenate tissues (anemia), anesthetic hypersensitivity (liver disease), and kidney injury or failure are unlikely.
What other safety measures set SBVH apart from others?
All surgeries at SBVH have an IV catheter placed before anesthesia. Intravenous access allows for much safer anesthesia as medications can be easily given at any time if needed. IV fluids during surgery is standard at SBVH. This supports blood pressure and overall safety of the procedure. Continual monitoring of heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and temperature allow us to stay updated on the pet’s vital signs. In addition, our technical staff is trained in keeping pets at an ideal anesthetic plane. This means giving enough anesthetic to keep the pet pain-free and unconscious but not more than is needed. In addition to a higher safety margin, an ideal anesthetic plane allows for a much smoother recovery.
How are pets anesthetized for surgery at SBVH?
Before surgeries, all pets are given an opioid pain medication which gives sedation preoperatively and minimizes pain postoperatively. A short-acting anesthetic called an “induction agent” is then given through an IV catheter which allows for placement of an endotracheal tube. The endotracheal tube creates a stable passageway for oxygen and inhalant anesthetic to be transmitted to the respiratory system. The inhalant anesthetic maintains anesthesia at an adjustable rate so our technicians can maintain an ideal anesthetic plane.