We understand that the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. Despite the confidence we have in our abilities and state-of-the-art surgical suite, we know that surgery is difficult for both you and your pet. This is why we work as hard as can to ensure your pet’s procedure is as comfortable and stress free as possible. The veterinarians and technicians at Westfield Animal Hospital approach this aspect of our profession with a deep sense of compassion for all animals.
The veterinary staff at Westfield Animal Hospital truly believes that our personal attention to you and your pet is what makes our surgical services unique.
Anesthesia and Monitoring
Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine. At Westfield Animal Hospital, your pet has access to state-of-the-art anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols.
Prior to surgery, your pet is examined and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests, along with your pet’s past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions and age, are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol.
While under anesthesia your pet is cared for by a well-trained and experienced veterinary technician using our monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level.
We all know that pain hurts, but pain has many other detrimental effects on the body. It slows healing, decreases activity, causes behavior changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression), it worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. Pain interferes with the bond between you and your pet.
In order to combat those effects, we use an advanced, multimodal protocol to prevent and treat pain in your pet. Whenever possible, we use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications), and pain relievers.
As your pet is being discharged from the hospital, you will be provided with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home after surgery. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home.