OUR CARE AND EQUIPMENT
We care deeply for your pet and how we practice veterinary medicine. We strive to provide the best equipment and practice the most up-to-date veterinary medicine. You can tell this by the amount of equipment we utilize to treat and monitor your pet. Here’s a summary of the list of the safety precautions and services we perform on your pet. Before you take your pet to get any procedure done, make sure the facility you use performs all these safety services and has the equipment to properly care for your pet. Many facilities do not, to save time and money. Why place your pet at increased risk for infection, complication and death? Choose a veterinary hospital that practices the best medicine and has the best equipment.
- Complete pre-surgical examination by a veterinarian – documented in the medical record. In many facilities the pet receives an examination by a technician to save time and money.
- Modern multi-modal anesthetic protocols – reduces organ damage risk, faster recovery, reduced pain and decreased risk of complication and death. Using small amounts of multiple drugs instead of a large amount of a single drug increases safety and highly decreases anesthetic risk. This is the gold standard but many veterinary facilities do not practice this type of medicine to reduce the costs associated with maintaining, tracking and use of multiple drugs.
- Intravenous (IV) catheter – life saving vascular access in an emergency. A gold standard often skipped at many veterinary facilities to reduce cost but service that is standard for us on all sedation and anesthetic procedures because we see your pet as part of the family. The intravenous (IV) catheter is the life line to quick administration of drugs and fluids.
- Intravenous (IV) fluids – hydration and blood pressure support to reduce organ damage, complication and death. Another commonly skipped to service to reduce the cost of a procedure. All our patients receive intravenous (IV) fluids during anesthetic procedures because we care about your pet.
- Dopamine/Ephedrine Intravenous (IV) infusion – blood pressure support to reduce organ damage, complication and death. Many veterinary facilities don't even stock or use these drugs because they require an infusion pump. This means increased costs in staff, training and equipment. Blood pressure is the primary function to provide blood and oxygen during anesthetic procedures to prevent organ harm that may only manifest years later. This is standard for us on all anesthetic procedures.
- Intubation and ventilator driven gas anesthesia – essential for maintaining an open airway for respiration and oxygenation of the brain and vital organs. All patients under general anesthesia are placed on a ventilator for proper respiration at no additional charge. This is the gold standard in anesthesia but is not practiced at most veterinary hospitals. Many veterinary facilities rely on passive respiration during anesthesia which means your pet needs to breathe for itself during anesthesia. We don't think passive respiration is a good idea in anesthetized patient. All human hospitals use a ventilator during anesthesia because an anesthetized patient has decreased respiration.
- Sterile materials and instruments – essential to minimize infection. During all procedures we use sterile draping and instruments to safeguard your pet and minimize the risk of infection. We use sterile suture packets not suture off a reel that has an increased infection rate. All our instruments are heat or gas sterilized. We don't use cold sterilized (instruments soaked in a liquid) because of increased associate infection.
- Advanced monitoring equipment – oxygenation, CO2, temperature, ECG, blood pressure, respiration and heart rate are all monitored and recorded with our advanced monitors. Most veterinary facilities use a small, hand-held "Pulse Ox" monitor to reduce cost but at increased patient risk. We care about your pet and we want your pet to have the safest procedure possible.
- Temperature support – heating equipment and IV fluid warmers to prevent organ damage. We use professional, commercial grade thermal equipment, not a simple heating pad. Hypothermia harms organs and increases anesthetic risk.
- Active Recovery – monitoring during recovery until your pet is awake. Most veterinary facilities use "passive recovery" which is leaving your pet in a cage to recovery by itself in order to reduce labor costs. We don't think that's wise and all patients are actively monitored during recovery to reduce the risk of anesthetic related complication and death.