Call 507-451-4591 about Surgery for your PetAt Fairview, our focus is high quality, professional surgical services with the health and comfort of your pet being the top priority. Dr. Boisen has been performing a wide range of surgeries for over 18 years. Some of the surgeries he performs are: spays, neuters, declaws, lump removals for biopsies, exploratory surgeries, bloat, cruciate repair, fracture repair, cherry eye removal, entropion repair, ear hematoma repair, Caesarian sections, bladder stone removal, and more.
We know that it can be unsettling dropping off your pet on the day of surgery. Please know that we are taking every precaution to keep your pet safe, healthy and comfortable. Before the day of surgery, we will recommend taking a sample of blood to run a preanesthetic blood profile or PAS (this is always recommended, but may be required in certain circumstances). The PAS give the doctors and technicians the opportunity to "see" what can’t be seen on physical exam and helps determine if your pet can tolerate anesthesia.
What is tested on a preanesthetic blood profile?
(From "What you should know about Anesthesia and your pet," IDEXX Laboratories, Westbrook, Maine.)
1. Alkaline Phosphate (ALKP): An enzyme present in multiple tissues, including liver and bone. Elevated levels can indicate liver disease, Cushing’s syndrome or steroid therapy.
2. Total Protein (TP): The level of total protein can indicate a variety of conditions including dehydration, inflammation and diseases of the liver, kidney or intestine.
3. Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN): Blood urea nitrogen is produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. Abnormally high levels can indicate kidney disease or dehydration, and low levels can be associated with liver disease.
4. Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT): An enzyme that becomes elevated with liver cell injury.
5. Creatinine (CREA): Creatinine is a byproduct of muscle metabolism and is excreted by the kidneys. Elevated levels can indicate kidney disease, urinary tract obstruction or dehydration.
6. Blood Glucose (GLU): High levels can indicate diabetes. In cats, high levels can also indicate stress, which can be the result of the trip to the veterinary hospital. Low levels can indicate liver disease, infection or certain tumors.
7. Hematocrit (HCT): Checks red blood cell quantity. High percentages can indicate dehydration and low percentages can indicate anemia.
If there are concerns about the age or health of your pet, or if the scheduled procedure is extensive, IV fluids may be required.
How do IV fluids make my pet’s surgery safer?
Intravenous fluids help to maintain blood pressure so that there is optimum blood flow to the organs. It keeps a port open so that medications can be administered quickly. It helps to clear the body of anesthesia. If the pet is sick, but still requires surgery, the IV fluids prevent dehydration and help flush the system of toxins. This also makes your pet feel better and more energized.
The evening before your scheduled procedure, you will be reminded to fast your pet after 6:00 pm. Your pet can still have supper, but then no more food (including treats) until the following afternoon. Your pet should still have access to fresh water at all times. The morning of surgery, your pet should be dropped off between 7-7:30 am.
On the morning of the procedure, your pet will receive a sedative before being intubated for gas anesthesia. Gas is a very safe way to anesthetize and the entire protocol is very similar to human anesthetic protocol. Your pet will be monitored by a certified veterinary technician (who monitors breathing, heartbeat, and capillary refill time (CRT)) as well as being hooked up to a Cardell monitor (which constantly checks and measures blood pressure, pulse oximeter and electrocardiogram (EKG)).
Your pet is then "prepped" for surgery. The area where the surgery will be performed is shaved and then cleansed using sterile technique. The doctor "scrubs in" and performs the surgery with sterile instruments. After surgery, your pet continues to be monitored on the heated surgery table until your pet is swallowing and the tube in your pet’s throat can be removed. Your pet is then moved to a cage in the recovery room and monitored until completely awake.
You will usually receive a call over the noon hour to let you know that your pet is awake and update you. Pets typically go home between 3-4:00 pm on the date of the surgery unless your schedule doesn’t allow that or additional hospitalization is recommended.
There are different discharge instructions depending on the surgery, and it is very important to do your best to follow them. We know that this can be a challenge. Just like small children, it’s difficult to make them understand why it’s so important that they not tear around the backyard or jump off of the furniture. But just like you, we want their recovery to be speedy and complete.
Please feel free to call if you have any questions about an upcoming surgery. Hopefully, having your questions answered and the information in front of you will be reassuring and make for a positive experience for both you and your pet.