Surgery and Anaesthesia - Thameswood Veterinary Clinics


Minor surgery such and neutering, dentals, ear cleans and lump removals and are carried out at both clinics, pets needing major surgery and procedures such as x-rays, ultrasounds and endoscopies are transferred to our main clinic on Purton road.
Anaesthesia is, according to its definition, “a state of unconsciousness produced by anaesthetic agents, with absence of pain sensation over the entire body and a greater or lesser degree of muscular relaxation”
Anaesthetics are drugs which can be given by injection or through inhalation that makes the animal unconscious. Veterinary surgeons use anaesthetics every day to enable them to perform different procedures on their patients.
From time to time your pet may need an anaesthetic for the vet to gain more information about a illness or injury your pet may have. Although the vet can collect a lot of information through asking you questions and examining your pet, an anaesthetic may be needed for taking x-rays or performing other procedures, which may include surgery.
1. Pre-anaesthetic medication:

Premedicants are drugs that reduce the patients anxiety and also help the vet use less anaesthetic drug during the next phase. Pain-killing drugs are also given with the pre-medication phase.

2. Induction of anaesthesia:

Injectable anaesthetic agents are the most commonly used type of induction drugs. These drugs are injected into your pet often via the vein on the front of the foreleg. As a result, your pet becomes anaesthetised and passes into another phase of anaesthetic procedure, called the maintenance phase.

3. Maintenance Phase:

Anaesthetic gases and vaporised drugs are most commonly used during this phase, although injectable anaesthetic can be used. A tube is passed into the trachea (windpipe) and connected to an anaesthetic machine, which supplies the mixture of different gases and vaporised drugs directly to the patient.

4. Recovery Phase:

An animal will usually start to recover from anaesthesia very quickly. The recovery of the patient is monitored carefully until they are completely awake and fit enough to go home. Some animals may stay in the practice for a bit longer, this is usually the case with long or complicated procedures.

During the whole procedure the Vet Surgeon and Veterinary Nurse monitor the stability and anaesthetic depth of your pet.


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