Gilbert had a growth on his leg, and we scheduled him for a surgical procedure. We briefed his family on how to prep a pet for surgery, and they brought him to us early the morning of his operation.
Our first step was to sedate Gilbert. At Town N Country, we provide state of the art anesthesia for surgical and dental procedures. We use IV catheters and provide IV fluid support for all anesthetized patients. We have excellent equipment and trained staff that monitor trends in our patients heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygenation levels, blood pressure, temperature, and carbon dioxide levels. Close monitoring of all these vital signs enables us to catch patients that may be developing issues before a problem arises.
Our patient specific anesthetic plan addresses pain control before, during, and after the procedure, essentially reducing the amount of anesthetics and depth of anesthesia necessary.
Not only our veterinarians, but our vet technicians and support staff also receive specialized training for complicated procedures.
While Gilbert was sedated, we took the opportunity to trim his nails and administer ear infection meds that were needed.
Like most hounds, as Gilbert came out of anesthesia, he howled a bit. This is normal; it’s sort of a hangover from the anesthesia, and does not mean that the dog is in pain. The howling can be disconcerting for those who overhear it.
After surgery, Dr. Bolynn called Gilbert’s mom to assure her that all had gone well. Since Gilbert’s surgery involved removing a growth, we had to wait about a week for the pathology results, but he was ready to go home the same day.
Next up, we’ll talk about taking care of a post-surgical pet at home