While any procedure under anesthesia comes with inherent risk, we do everything in our power to make anesthesia as safe as possible, especially for our geriatric patients (ages 6 and over).
The first safety measure we take is running pre-anesthetic blood chemistry panels to evaluate the health of your pet’s liver and kidneys, as these organs will filter the anesthesia drugs from the bloodstream. If the bloodwork indicates any potential problems, our medical team will call you to explain our findings. If the bloodwork is within normal range, we will proceed with the dental cleaning.
The second safety measure we take is running IV fluids during your pet’s dental procedure to help maintain blood pressure, replace fluid loss, speed recovery, and, in case of emergency, provide an essential line for life-saving drugs.
Another safety measure we are proud to offer is a sophisticated monitoring system (blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and EKG) to be used during anesthesia. This helps our medical team keep a close eye on how your pet is handling the anesthesia in real time.
Finally, once the dental procedure is finished, our patients are recovered under the watchful eye of our medical team in our treatment area, on a warm, comfy bed.