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.
You can click on the following link to learn more: Precautions to Reduce the Risk of General Anesthesia
The costs of our surgical procedures including our anesthetic monitoring program are broken down as outlined below (prices before tax) –
Dog spay – starting at $327.50 + $40 for in hospital pain management program (waived if bloodwork and IV fluids done)
Dog neuter – starting at $282.40 + $40 for in hospital pain management program (waived if bloodwork and IV fluids done)
Cat spay – starting at $278.30 + $40 for in hospital pain management program (waived if bloodwork and IV fluids done)
Cat neuter – starting at $182.20 + $40 for in hospital pain management program (waived if bloodwork and IV fluids done)
For reasons of anesthetic safety we highly recommend IV fluids and pre-anesthetic bloodwork to assess organ function prior to performing a general anesthetic. These costs are also outlined below. Our typical fee to cover the injections (usually 3-4) of pain medication your pet will receive on the day of surgery is $40. We waive this fee for those clients who have chosen pre-anesthetic bloodwork and IV fluids. The bloodwork checks general organ function (kidney and liver) and assures us we can safely use a number of very effective pain medications. 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.
IV fluid therapy during a spay or neuter – $85.90
Pre-anesthetic bloodwork profile (checks red and white blood cells, liver values, kidney values, blood sugar and blood protein) - $90.80