Anesthesia Safety

Example of anesthetic monitoring device

We know and understand how you worry about surgery and anesthesia in your pet.  Rest assured, we take every precaution possible to ensure the safety of your pet for its anesthetic procedure.  Chelsea is a Registered Veterinary Technician who has been working in specialty hospitals for most of her career.  Krista will soon be an RVT as well, and she has been working at SAES for 4 years, so she is very familiar with the equipment.  Dr. Meghan has been performing surgeries for her entire career, including at SAES. 

These are the measures we take to provide the safest anesthesia and best surgical outcomes for your pet:

  • Patients have a current examination and are up to date on preventive care.  

  • Patients have had any pre-anesthetic diagnostics already preformed.

  • Each patient has an individually-tailored anesthesia plan based on their exam, temperament,  the planned surgical procedure, and results of the pre-anesthetic diagnostics.

  • Patients are treated with our Fear Free standard.

  • Patients are given pre-anesthetic sedatives and pre-emptive pain medications to reduce the requirement for anesthetic gases and ensure their comfort.

  • All patients have an IV catheter placed to allow for quick venous access in case of emergency.

  • Patients are put under anesthesia by IV injection, NOT making them down, which is dangerous to both the patient and medical team, and frightening to the patient.

  • All patients are intubated for delivery of the anesthetic gas and oxygen.

  • Patients have the following parameters continuously monitored and recorded at 5 minute intervals: temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, EKG, capnography.

  • Chelsea and Krista constantly monitor the depth of anesthesia and your pet's comfort.

  • Every anesthesia plan has emergency medication doses pre-calculated for faster administration if needed.

  • After the procedure and removal of the endotracheal tube, patients are continuously monitored using standardized pain scales to ensure their continued comfort.

  • Patients are also monitored post-op for a minimum of 4 hours, when most anesthetic accidents occur.  

  • All patients receive pain medications post-operatively in accordance to their expected level of pain and their temperament.  

  • You receive detailed discharge instructions and we'll check up on you and your pet at regular intervals after discharge.

  • Most importantly, we are here to help.  If you have any concerns about your pet's planned procedure, please let us know.  We want you to understand your pet's particular risks and what we are doing to mitigate them.

For those of you who are really curious, these are the latest AAHA Anesthesia and Monitoring Guidelines that we follow at Family Veterinary Mobile Clinic.

Dr. Meghan is a long time member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and has designed all of the anesthesia and pain management protocols for Family Veterinary Mobile Clinics.