Surgery: Routine & Emergency

The Scariest of All the Services

We take anesthesia very seriously. We were trained to.

Dr. Sanders purchased a state-of-the-art Surgivet anesthetic monitor after buying the practice in 2009. Anesthetic monitors are used to monitor the details of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems but the real value is in being able to anticipate a problem and correct it before it occurs. This is a very important capability for surgical patients. Each animal is monitored during the entire surgical procedure by one of our techs, The Pain Policenicians.

We run pre-anesthetic blood work to check for abnormalities that could impact the anesthetic procedure and patient’s safety.

We have a three step process to our anesthetic protocol. We administer a pre-anesthetic medication to sedate our patients. In this state we place the IV catheter and administer the anesthetic to put the patient into unconsciousness where we then place the patient on isoflurane gas anesthetic. We use this to regulate our patients during the procedure.

A  Veterinary Technician monitors vital signs on all surgical patients, and monitoring equipment is used to measure heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen levels, CO2 levels, blood pressure, and temperature.  Pain medication is given before and after all surgical procedures because keeping your pet comfortable is our top priority.  Should you ever require a specialized service that is unavailable at our hospital, we are happy to assist with referrals to an appropriate specialist.

Drs. Sanders does a wide array of surgical procedures from routine spays and neuters to select orthopedics.

Last but not least is our commitment to controlling the pain we create. We have in place the most aggressive protocols for the various types of surgeries with various pain levels.

Leading up to your pet’s surgery, you will be informed of the following protocols for your pet’s safety:

  • No food after 10:00pm the night before surgery.  Limited amounts of water are OK.
  • Admit your pet between 7:30-8:00am, review and sign Consent Form and Treatment Plan. Please allot yourself enough time to go over these forms and ask any questions you may have.
  • The doctor or technician will update you after surgery and confirm a discharge appointment time.
  • Routine surgeries are discharged the day of the procedure.
  • Discharge appointments will be scheduled after 3:30 pm to review post-operative care and review all medications to take home.

Whatever your pet’s surgical needs are, the staff at Taylor brook Animal Hospital treats you and your pet with compassion and respect.