Any time your pet requires surgery, and sometimes for investigations, they may require a general anaesthetic. There are risks associated with an anaesthetic, including non-survival, but with the use of modern anaesthetic techniques and a skilled anaesthesia team these risks are extremely low (about 1 in 20,000 for clinically healthy dogs and cats).
Rest assured, at O'Gorman Slater Main & Partners we use up-to-date anaesthetic techniques. We use propofol as our main induction agent and have access to both isoflurance and sevoflurane (anaesthetic gasses). All anaesthetics are administered by a veterinary surgeon and animals are closely monitored by a trained nurse at all times until they are properly recovered.
We use modern anaesthetic monitoring equipment. All our surgeries are equipped with blood pressure monitors and at Donnington Grove we also have ECG monitors, temperature monitors, pulse oximetry, breathing monitors, capnography and blood gas analysis to cope with monitoring even the most critical patients.
All animals should be examined by a vet before receiving an anaesthetic to assess any additional risks that may be present. Sometimes a blood test may be recommended as part of this assessment.
Dogs, cats and ferrets (but not rabbits or guinea pigs) should be starved for an anaesthetic to prevent complications caused by regurgitation of stomach contents. Food should be withdrawn at 8pm prior to the day of an anaesthetic. Water can be left down all night, but taken up in the morning.