Anesthetic Safety

The Feline Medical Center Anesthetic Safety in your pet at Houston, TX

Safety Is Our First Concern

When you bring your cat to our veterinary hospital for a procedure, we follow a series of steps to ensure the best possible outcome. Prior to surgery, your kitty will undergo a complete physical and blood work screening. We will be checking to see if there are any pre-existing conditions that might put your kitty at risk. Our veterinarians will review your pet's blood test results and listen to the heart and lungs, checking for murmurs or congestion. Pet patients over the age of 7 will also receive an EKG prior to anesthesia to detect the presence of any irregularity in the heart rate and rhythm. Rest assured that our veterinarians will always put your kitty's health needs first when determining whether a surgery should proceed.

After the pre-op evaluation and preparation are complete, an intravenous catheter will be placed so that we can administer medications and intravenous fluids during the procedure. Our veterinary hospital is equipped with both Isoflurane and Sevoflurane anesthetic vaporizers in order to provide our veterinarians with the ability to choose the anesthetic agent best suited to the patient's particular surgical and anesthetic needs.

Our compassionate and skilled veterinary nursing staff will be using our state-of-the-art equipment to monitor your cat before, during, and after the procedure. Our wireless EKG monitor records the heart rate and rhythm, while the pulse oximetry portion tracks the oxygen saturation of the blood and tissue. We also monitor and keep track of the patient's core body temperature.

One of the more common side effects of anesthesia is that it can lead to a decrease in the patient's core body temperature. At The Feline Medical Center, we use insulated pads on our surgery table along with a warm air blanket to help our feline patients maintain their body temperature. Once the surgery has been completed, your kitty will recover in our heated intensive care oxygen chamber to facilitate a rapid and smooth recovery. Research has shown that by taking these special steps, patients recover from anesthesia faster and are able to begin to heal sooner.