At Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital, we take all anesthetic cases very seriously. We utilize the safest, multi-modal approach that is individually created for each pet. It includes injectable medications for sedation and pain management as well as gas anesthetic agents. The combination of pre-anesthetic assessment of your pet (including blood work), use of modern anesthetic agents, and the latest anesthetic monitoring equipment means that anesthesia is generally considered to be a very low risk for your pet.
When we place your dog or cat safely under general anesthesia, a breathing tube is inserted into the trachea (windpipe) to administer oxygen mixed with the anesthetic gas. As with people, an intravenous catheter is placed into your pet’s arm or leg to infuse with fluids during the procedure. Once the procedure is completed and the anesthetic is turned off, oxygen is continued to be delivered to your pet until your pet wakes up and the tube is removed.
We closely monitor your pet during the procedure and the recovery process using advanced monitoring equipment. Parameters often monitored include oxygen concentration in the blood stream (pulse oximetry), electrocardiogram (EKG), core body temperature, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. The monitoring findings allow us to perform safe anesthesia.
Our surgical services and facilities include:
- Fully trained veterinary and technical staff to ensure the safest, most efficient state-of-the-art procedures for your pet
- Heated surgery tables for greater comfort
- Advanced sterilization techniques
- ECG, capnograph and oxygen saturation monitors
- Intensive after-surgery care and full pre-anesthetic blood testing
- Fluid therapy
The surgical procedures performed at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital include:
- Emergency surgery (laceration repair, wound repair, foreign object removal)
- Soft tissue surgery (i.e., growth removal)
- Orthopedic surgery
- Feline declawing