Surgery and Anesthetic Procedures



  • Spay/Neuter

  • Dental Cleaning

  • Mass Removal

  • Enucleation

  • Cherry Eye Repair

  • Gastropexy



PreAnesthetic Exam

  • A comprehensive exam, similar to an annual wellness exam, is performed prior to your pet undergoing anesthesia

  • The doctor will take your pet’s vital signs, review your pet's bloodwork, answer any questions, and address any concerns you have before surgery.

PreAnesthetic Blood Testing

  • Recommended for all patients to ensure your pet is healthy enough to be put under general anesthesia safely and identify any conditions that may affect anesthesia

Intravenous (IV) Catheter and Fluids

  • For all but the shortest procedures, an IV catheter is placed in a vein and intravenous fluids are administered during anesthesia

  • Some anesthetic drugs may cause decreases in blood pressure, the IV fluids will counteract this change

  • An IV catheter also allows quick access to a vein if medications are needed


  • Intubation means placing an endotracheal tube through the mouth and into the trachea

  • Oxygen and gas anesthetic are administered through the endotracheal tube

  • Respiration can be controlled if the patient is not breathing well

  • The gas anesthetic we use is called isoflurane

Pain Management

  • Our protocol involves preemptive pain control which blocks pain pathways before the surgical procedure starts

  • A balanced protocol is used which blocks pain pathways from as many directions as possible

  • Generally, more than one drug is used during the procedure and pain medication is sent home afterward

Patient Monitoring

  • During anesthesia, patient monitoring ensures that the respiratory and cardiovascular systems are functioning well and that the patient is at an appropriate level of anesthesia

  • Bionet 7, a patient monitoring system, monitors the following parameters:

    • EKG to monitor the heart rate and rhythm

    • Pulse oximeter to measure the percentage of oxygen in the blood

    • Blood pressure

    • Respiratory rate

Body Temperature Monitoring

  • Maintenance of body temperature is important during anesthesia

  • Hypothermia can complicate anesthetic recovery

  • To keep our patients warm while under anesthesia we have recirculating warm water pads and a heated surgery table

  • Temperature is monitored before, during, and after anesthesia



An examination may determine that anesthesia and surgery are necessary for your dog or cat. Many clients express their concern about the safety of anesthesia. Modern techniques make anesthesia very safe. Healthy animals undergoing a spay, neuter, dental, or mass removal have extremely low risk of complications. The majority of complications and deaths occur when the patient’s condition is critical prior to surgery. Risk can be affected by the experience of the staff, the anesthetic drugs used, and the monitoring of the patient.

At Family Dog and Cat Hospital we incorporate the highest standards of care for our anesthetized patients. When comparing the cost of anesthesia between hospitals remember to compare the type of care and the cost of equipment used for the comfort and safety of your dog or cat.



  1. We will call the day before your pet’s scheduled anesthetic procedure to confirm your appointment and review “How to Prepare Your Pet”

  2. The night before your pet’s procedure, your pet can have dinner, but NO FOOD AFTER MIDNIGHT, water is okay

  3. The day of their procedure, your pet CANNOT have breakfast, water is okay

  4. Please drop off your pet between 8 and 9 AM

  5. Once checked in, we will review an estimate of the charges for your pet’s procedure and give you a time to call us for an update on your pet after their surgery

  6. Please feel free to ask any questions at this time