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Comfortable anaesthesia for your pet

It is not uncommon for our pets to need a procedure or operation that requires anaesthesia. At Knutsford Veterinary Surgery we understand that this can be a worrying time for you. All animals that undergo an anaesthetic receive a pre-anaesthetic check. This enables one of our vets to discuss your pet’s requirements and talk through any concerns you have, from dogs to cats and from rabbits to rats.

At Knutsford Veterinary Surgery we understand that this can be a worrying time for you.

We are able to offer routine blood testing before an anaesthetic, this simple blood test enables us to assess important organ function which guides the use of medications and intravenous fluid therapy to make your pets anaesthetic safe.

What to expect from anaesthetic

Dogs and cats are usually starved before any elective anaesthesia from the night before the operation. This makes the anaesthetic safer for your pet by minimising fluid in the stomach which can come up into the oesophagus. This is known as reflux.

It is vital for small pets, such as rabbits and guinea pigs to keep eating up until their anaesthesia as their digestive systems are different and need to be kept moving throughout.

After an admission appointment with one of our nurses or vets your pet is taken to our modern ward facilities and time is taken to settle and reassure them. Often people bring in a toy or blanket that smells of home to comfort them.

State of the art anaesthesia and pain relief from your Cheshire vets

All patients receive a premedication injection which contains pain relief suitable for the procedure and a sedation to help calm them. After this anaesthesia is induced and using the most modern anaesthetic machines, choice of two gas anaesthetic agents and advanced monitoring equipment we constantly monitor your pet. Using a variety of anaesthetic monitoring equipment enables us to react quickly and alter your pet’s anaesthetic to ensure safety.

Providing suitable pain relief is a priority here at Knutsford Veterinary Surgery. We understand that like people, animals have different ways of showing pain and discomfort and although it is sometimes necessary to perform surgery or a procedure to help an animal, it is vital they are given suitable pain relief for that individual patient and the procedure performed.

We have many forms of pain relief available and usually use different types in combination such as intravenous injections, anti-inflammatories, nerve blocks and constant rate infusions. Both our vets and nurses are all trained in how to provide continued pain relief at home.

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