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Surgical Form

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Anesthetic Procedures and Risks

At Washington Ave Animal Hospital, we use a combination of pre-anesthetic medications and injectable and/or inhalant anesthetics to obtain optimum levels of anesthesia for your pet. For short procedures, an injectable anesthetic is given alone, which produces an appropriate plane of surgical anesthesia with a quicker recovery time.

For most procedures, your pet is anesthetized and then intubated (insertion of a tube into the trachea or windpipe). This ensures your pet is able to receive oxygen at all times and prevents aspiration of any fluids into the lungs. Anesthesia is maintained with a gas anesthetic, Isoflurane, that is very safe and metabolized by less than 1% of the liver. Inhalant anesthetics allow us to have better control over anesthetic depth in our patients.

Monitoring and Pain Management

Patients under anesthesia are monitored in two ways. First, a veterinary assistant is with your pet from the introduction of anesthesia all the way through until recovery. Second, your pet's pulse, heart rate, oxygen level, ECG, respiration, and temperature are all tracked and displayed on a computerized monitor.

Being in pain is no fun. We take all necessary steps to ensure your pet’s pain is appropriately managed before, during, and after surgery. This will often include prescribed pain medication to take home post-operation.

Intravenous Catheterization and Fluids

We place an IV catheter and use IV fluids during almost all anesthetic procedures, with only a few exceptions. These allow for quicker recovery from anesthesia, as well as provide quick access to the circulatory system in case of an unforeseen emergency.

Potential Surgical Complications

Canine and Feline Spay

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Recurrent Heat
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Weight Gain
  • Suture Reactions

Canine and Feline Neuter

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Testicular Swelling
  • Suture Reaction (Canine Only)

Tumor/Mass Removal

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Swelling and Drainage
  • Suture Reaction

CPR/DNR (Resuscitate or Do Not Resuscitate)

The vast majority of procedures and hospitalizations have good outcomes and proceed according to plan. In the unexpected event of a sudden decline of your pet’s health, we want to be prepared to respond in a manner that meets your wishes and fulfills your emotional and financial needs. CPR/Resuscitation may include establishment of an airway via insertion of an endotracheal tube, IV catheterization, administration of IV fluids, injections of medications, performing chest compressions, or delivery of intracardiac medications. Animals that have survived cardiac arrest and have been successfully resuscitated are extremely critical and unstable. Management of the post arrest patient requires vigilant monitoring and technical expertise and the outcome is uncertain. PLEASE CHOOSE ONE BELOW

At Washington Ave Animal Hospital, we strive to provide the highest quality care for your pet. We will always provide you with our recommendations for appropriate precautions in order to avoid potential problems; however, it is important for all our clients to understand there is always an inherent risk of complication with any anesthetic or surgical procedure. We are thankful and honored that you have chosen to entrust the care of your pet to us.

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