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Safe Anesthesia for Cats
Learning that your cat needs surgery can bring up many concerns for pet owners. Many concerned pet owners want to know more about the safety of anesthesia during surgery or other procedures. The goal of the team here at A Cat Hospital is to provide a successful and comforting experience for any owner and their cat that may need to undergo surgery. For all your cat anesthesia and surgery concerns, trust our veterinarians in Henderson, NV who treat every cat like a member of their own family.
A majority of felines undergo anesthesia during their lives, often when spayed or neutered. General anesthesia suppresses the feline nerve response. Anesthesia causes a cat to be unconscious, immobile, and pain-free. Local anesthetics are administered for numbing only a specific area, like a tooth, the spinal column, or a section of skin.
Because any type of anesthesia for cats carries some risk, owners are understandably concerned about safe anesthesia when their veterinarian advises surgery. Adverse reactions to an anesthetic agent only occur in 1 out of every 100,000 animals. Our veterinarians know that even 1 cat is 1 too many, so that’s why we provide exceptional veterinary care, doing everything possible to prevent any complications while caring for your cat.
Fortunately, our veterinarian takes many precautions to reduce a cat’s risk while it undergoes anesthesia. Following our doctor’s recommendations for pre-anesthesia fasting is particularly important. Failure of the cat to fast as directed could cause vomiting and aspiration of fluid or food into its lungs, possibly resulting in a life-threatening condition.
Our veterinarian will perform a pre-surgical exam and may require various diagnostic tests before scheduling a surgery. This also includes a complete overview of your cat’s medical history. The objective is to reveal any conditions that need to be addressed before administering anesthesia.
Depending on the cat and the type of surgery, our vet may recommend an intravenous catheter prior to anesthesia. Its purpose is administering IV fluids as well as anesthetic agents. IV fluids help maintain a cat’s blood pressure and hydration. They also boost the body’s ability to eliminate anesthetics after surgery.
The staff carefully monitors cats during and after anesthesia administration. This typically includes measuring blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, and core body temperature.
Our veterinarian will also provide specific discharge guidelines, including home feeding instructions and tips for caring for your cat after anesthesia and while healing from surgery.
If your cat needs surgery, rest assured that an experienced cat anesthesiologist will take excellent care of your pet and provide a safe anesthesia experience. Our staff follows strict guidelines prior to, during, and after anesthesia. Our Henderson veterinarians, provide a full range of cat services, whether the need is emergency care, surgery, or other medical or behavioral issues. To schedule an appointment with our cat veterinarians in Henderson NV, call us today at A Cat Hospital at 702-454-4400.