Choosing a surgical facility for your pet is extremely important and we believe quality care should be a standard, not an option.
Many veterinarians provide surgical care for pets. Cayuga Veterinary Services follows high standards for anesthesia and surgery which is detailed below.
Pre-Anesthetic Physical Exam: Directly prior to the procedure one of our skilled veterinarians performs a complete physical examination on your pet to determine normal baseline values and verify the procedure to be performed.
Pre-Anesthetic Blood Testing: Blood work is required for all anesthetic surgical procedures to verify that organ and clotting function of your pet is within proper limits, as well as to detect any underlying infection that may be cause for concern. Your pet’s anesthetic regime will be tailored based upon these laboratory results.
IV Catheter and Fluids: Venous access is important to any anesthetic event therefore an IV catheter is placed and IV fluids are given to support the vital organs. Fluids help maintain organ function, blood pressure, and also help the body process the anesthetic drugs.
Dedicated Anesthetist: Every patient has a Licensed Veterinary Technician that physically monitors your pet’s vital signs from the beginning of anesthesia until the patient completely wakes up from anesthesia.
Multi-Parameter Vital Monitoring: Every surgery candidate is monitored by machines that measure oxygenation of blood, heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, temperature, respiration rate, and carbon dioxide levels.
Endotracheal Tube: An endotracheal tube is positioned in every surgical patient when they are placed under anesthesia. This tube maintains an open airway to deliver anesthetic gas and oxygen to your pet.
Ventilator: During surgery, every patient is placed on a ventilator so that the patient doesn’t have to breathe for themselves. The ventilator makes sure that the patient is properly oxygenated during the surgical procedure.
Thermal Pet Warming: During any anesthetic procedure it is very easy for an anesthetized patient to become hypothermic. We provide state-of-the-art technology in our surgical warming device as it uses semi-conductive polymeric fabric that delivers safe and effective warmth to the patient helping maintain the perfect temperature at all times.
Surgical Suite and Instruments: The surgical suite at Cayuga Veterinary Services is a single purpose room specifically for surgery. No other procedures, hospitalization, or boarding happens in this room. It is kept immaculately clean for surgical purposes. Each patient has their own sterile surgical pack of instruments and the surgeon puts on a separate sterile gown and gloves for every procedure.
Pain Management: Pain management is provided before, during, and directly after the surgical procedure. Pain management medication is also sent home with every owner to continue for a few days after the procedure.
Cold Laser Therapy: For most procedures, cold laser therapy is applied to the surgical site post-surgically to decrease pain and healing time.
It is important to investigate the quality of care you are being offered by any veterinarian. Unfortunately, similar sounding procedures are frequently not the same at different veterinary clinics. The veterinary team at Cayuga Veterinary Services deeply believes in and supports these high standards for anesthesia. Please contact us if you should have any questions about our anesthetic or surgical standards.