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Surgery Checklist

Finding out that your cherished companion must undergo a surgical procedure, whether routine or complex, can be a time filled with anxiety and uncertainty.


Surgery Checklist in Kirkwood, MO

You want to be sure your loved one will receive the best possible care and that their safety and comfort will be accounted for at all times.


Surgery Checklist

If you want to compare Anesthetic and Major Surgical procedures at KAH to other Veterinary Hospitals, just print off the list below and compare.

All Surgical Procedures Should Include the Following:

  1. Before Anesthetic:
    • Physical Exam
    • Blood tests
    • Check kidney and liver function
    • Red and white blood cell count – check for infection and anemia
    • EKG – check heart function
    • IV Catheter & Fluids – to maintain hydration and good kidney function, and have an intravenous line for emergency drugs if needed.
    • Tranquilization and Pain Control – to remove your pet’s anxiety and help ensure smooth induction and recovery.
  2. Pre-oxygenation
  3. Induction with:
    • Propofol – The most expensive but safest product ever used in veterinary medicine.
  4. Maintenance – on – and monitoring:
    • General Anesthesia:
    • Isoflorane “short-acting” inhalation gas anesthesia for maintenance
    • Computerized and Human monitoring of vital functions
    • Oxygen saturation of the blood – ensure adequate oxygenation
    • Capnography – monitoring carbon dioxide levels in the patient.
    • EKG heart monitoring – ensure normal heart function
    • Blood Pressure monitoring – ensure proper tissue perfusion with blood
    • Respiratory rate and depth
    • Temperature monitoring – prevent hypothermia
    • Warmth and Comfort – your pet will be placed on a thermal barrier or warm water blanket
    • Sterile Surgery
    • Surgical Experience: Our doctors have 122+ years of combined experience with all kinds of surgery ranging from ovariohysterectomies (spays) to gastrointestinal, orthopedic, and Laser surgery.
    • We work in teams on surgeries anytime it is required.
    • Laser Surgery available
  5. Post-Oxygenation
  6. Post-Anesthesia Recovery and Pain Control:
    • Post-operative non-addictive pain control – for a smooth, virtually pain-free recovery.
    • Continuing pain control for Dogs and Cats

Veterinary Services in Kirkwood, MO

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