Anesthesia & Surgery
Middlesex County Animal Hospital uses the latest veterinary anesthetic protocols, monitoring devices, and surgical techniques to facilitate your pet’s speedy surgical recovery. Whether your pet is a six month old kitten coming in for a spay or a sixteen year old Labrador in need of a dental, we take all necessary anesthetic precautions. Our team of veterinary technicians has decades of experience in all aspects of anesthesia and surgery. Their technical support combined with the surgical experience and knowledge provided by our veterinarians will put you at ease during you pet’s big day.
Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork Monitoring
Anesthesia is accomplished by giving medications either through injection or inhalation that must eventually be eliminated by the body. The primary organs which have the job of getting rid of the anesthetic are the liver and kidneys. Middlesex County Animal Hospital requires some type of pre-anesthetic blood work on all patients as even puppies and kittens may have congenital kidney or liver diseases that will go undetected without blood work. As animals age, diseases which may adversely affect anesthesia and surgery increase and thus the need for more extensive blood work. These tests are run to provide our doctors with vital information regarding your pet and allow us to modify our anesthetic and surgical protocols accordingly.
Middlesex County Animal Hospital provides our doctors and technicians with the latest in anesthetic monitoring equipment to assess vital parameters on your pet throughout their procedure. Monitoring equipment including a pulse doppler, electrocardiogram, pulse oximeter, and blood pressure monitor will be manned by a dedicated anesthetic technician. Technicians will monitor your pet for heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, blood oxygen concentration, pulse rate and quality, and blood pressure. In addition, we provide venous access and intravenous fluid support for anesthetic and surgical procedures. Your pet’s safety throughout the anesthetic and surgical process is our number one priority and we will strive to continue to bring the most up to date medical care for your pet.
Doctors at Middlesex County Animal Hospital have extensive surgical training and experience at performing soft tissue and orthopedic surgical procedures. The hospital offers a full range of elective, emergency, and orthopedic surgeries. Dr. Scott Heckerling has performed hundreds of emergency surgical procedures over the past eight years including bloats, bowel obstructions, spleen removals, and urinary obstructions. Orthopedic procedures including cruciate ligament and bone fracture repair will be performed by Dr. David Abdinoor, a full-time veterinary surgeon with over 25 years experience. The entire staff at Middlesex County Animal Hospital will work to keep “your” pet comfortable, pain free, and speed their recovery from surgery to get them back home as quickly as possible.
New research has shown that pets show pain in ways that may not always be obvious to people. Pets may act more withdrawn, have decreased appetites or activity levels, pant, or act aggressive when they are in pain. At Middlesex County Animal Hospital, we assume that any procedure which would cause pain in people will likely cause some degree of pain in pets and we treat with pain medications accordingly. All pets are given pain medication before and after surgery and most are sent home with pain medication to be given by the owner. We also ask that the owner’s monitor their pets for any signs of pain and call us if they have any concerns. Your pet’s comfort is our number one priority and we have a wide variety of medications available to control pain. Since the medications can have side effects including stomach upset and sedation we ask that you monitor your pet closely and call with any problems. Pain has been shown to reduce a patient’s ability to heal and thus controlling pain will get your pet back on their paws more quickly and give you peace of mind.
My Pet's Surgery or Dental Procedure
1. No food after midnight the evening before surgery. Water is ok.
2. Drop off you pet as close to the scheduled time as possible.
3. A complete exam will be done on your pet by the doctor prior to anesthesia and any necessary blood work will be analyzed. The doctor will call with any concerns prior to anesthesia and surgery.
4. After your pet’s procedure a technician or doctor will call with an update.
5. Your pet will receive continuous post-anesthetic monitoring and pain medications as necessary.
6. Many surgical and dental patients will be sent home the evening of surgery. We will schedule an appointment for you to pick up your pet when you schedule the surgery.