All of our surgical procedures involve a comprehensive anesthetic monitoring and pain management program.
It is important to realize that anesthetic monitoring and pain management programs are not standardized across the veterinary community. By law, the only anesthetic monitoring device that is required is an apnea alert, a machine that beeps whenever your pet takes a breath.
To ensure a safe and smooth general anesthetic, it is very important that the following be measured:
- Blood pressure
- Oxygen saturation (amount of oxygen in the blood)
- Carbon dioxide (breathed in and out)
- ECG (heart waves)
- Heart rate (how fast the heart is beating)
- Breathing (respiratory) rate
At Mountain Animal Hospital we monitor all of the above levels continuously during general anesthetic. Currently there are also no specific regulations about pain medication; it is up to the veterinarian’s discretion. Our philosophy is to keep your pet as comfortable and pain-free as possible, and this includes multiple different pain medications over the course of the day and for several days at home. We follow pain management programs recommended by the Ontario Veterinary College. Our pain management program involves at least 3 different pain medications that act on different parts of the body’s pain pathway, given throughout the day, often several times.
At Mountain Animal Hospital, we offer the best for you and your pet. We want your pet’s surgical experience to be as safe and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves on quality and individualized care. This starts with an appointment with the doctor on the morning of the surgery. The doctor will perform a physical examination to ensure your pet is healthy for the procedure that day. Your pet will be with us in the treatment area under direct supervision the entire day. This way we can pick up on any subtle changes that might indicate your pet needs additional pain medication, to ensure the IV fluids are running properly, that your pet is positioned so he or she is comfortable and of course to ensure a safe and smooth recovery from anesthetic.
To learn more you can click on the following link: Precautions to Reduce the Risk of General Anesthesia
A declaw is more than simply removing your cat’s claws. We must surgically remove the piece of bone attached to the claw or the claw will grow back. So it is technically an amputation on all digits. As you can image, appropriate pain management is extremely important for declaws. Problems after surgery are greatly reduced if your cat’s pain is managed properly during the surgery. Cats that have been declawed at Mountain Animal Hospital are kept in hospital for 2 nights and 3 days (longer if necessary at no additional charge) after the surgery so they can be observed carefully and given several different medications for pain in the days following the procedure. They are sent home with at least one week of pain medication after surgery. While all of the pain medications in general are very safe, they can cause problems if they are given to animals with liver or kidney problems, or in dehydrated animals. For this reason, all cats declawed at Mountain Animal Hospital need to have pre-anesthetic bloodwork performed before the procedure and have IV fluids during the surgery. We want to do everything we can to make your cat as comfortable as possible during this surgery so for reasons of safety bloodwork and IV fluids are not considered optional for declaws.
Costs of declaws including our anesthetic monitoring program (prices before tax) –
Neuter and declaw – starting at $390.30 + see additional costs below for in hospital pain medication, IV fluids and bloodwork.
Spay and declaw – starting at $ 467.80 + see additional costs below for in hospital pain medication, IV fluids and bloodwork.
Declaw only (cat must already be spayed or neutered) – starting at $ 314.60 + see additional costs below for in hospital pain medication, IV fluids and bloodwork.
Additional fees for declaws include the pre-anesthetic bloodwork ($90.80) and IV fluids ($85.90), $40 for the 3 day pain management program in the hospital and $39.80 for a week’s supply of pain medication to take home.