Animal Surgery & Anesthesia

Animal surgery cat with anesthesia breathing circuit set

When your furry friend has to have surgery, it’s nerve wracking. We understand that.

Dr. Lori and her team of professionals take an especially careful and thoughtful approach to surgery and anesthesia. Many vets do not have a veterinary assistant monitoring anesthesia during surgery, but that isn’t best for your adored companion, and it’s never the case at South Memorial Animal Hospital.

The comfort and well-being of your pet is our top priority, so we have an IV catheter in place and give IV fluids during most surgical procedures. Dr. Lori performs all surgeries and administers all anesthesia while Courtney, our veterinary assistant, is focused on  monitoring anesthesia. This approach to surgery and anesthesia sets us apart from other vets and ensures your companion animal is in the very best surgical hands.

We do pre-anesthetic blood work before surgery, and continuously monitor  blood pressure, body temperature, breathing, heart rate and rhythm, and oxygen saturation during surgery.  

During surgery recovery, patients are routinely assessed for pain.  If scores on the pain scale indicate patient discomfort, additional pain medication is given. Our thorough patient monitoring and assessment before, during, and after procedures assures the safest anesthesia experience possible.

When Dr. Lori is ready to release her patient to go home, she also determines if you should go home with pain medication so your furry friend can rest comfortably during recovery.