Electronic monitoring starts when your pet is anesthetized and continues until he/she is completely awake. This includes continuous evaluation of heart rate, as well as monitoring the oxygenation of the blood with every heartbeat with a pulse oximeter. In addition, we may use blood pressure and/or an electrocardiogram (EKG)—monitoring if indicated. All patients are cared for by trained Certified Veterinary Technicians. Just as importantly, every surgical patient recovers in our main treatment area —not in a kennel out of sight.
Your pet’s health and comfort is as important to us as it is to you. That’s why we offer a laser option for surgical procedures, with many benefits to your pet over more traditional surgical techniques.
Every patient undergoing anesthesia receives IV (intravenous) fluids during the procedures to ensure a safer experience. The IV fluids help in maintaining blood pressure during surgery and also helps improve recovery afterwards by ridding the body of anesthetic agents. The IV catheter also provides an immediate port for other drugs if needed.
Pet Pain Management Your pet’s comfort is very important to us and we take pet pain management seriously for all our patients. The correct approach to pet pain management varies according to your pet’s condition and treatment. Every surgical patient receives narcotic pain medication prior to their procedure.
At Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital all patients undergoing an anesthetic procedure receive pre-anesthetic blood screening prior to the procedure. This screening is performed to help ensure a safe anesthetic experience. By discovering any underlying problems prior to surgery, the anesthetic protocol may be altered or the procedure cancelled. Blood panels evaluate parameters such as liver and kidney changes as well as red blood cell count.
The Doctors at Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital work closely with Board Certified Veterinary Specialists in the Portland metro area, often consulting and referring cases requiring more specialized care or diagnostics. We are able to refer to the following specialty areas: Dermatology, ophthalmology, cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, radiology, neurology, orthopedic surgery, behavioral medicine, physical therapy services as MRI and CT scan services.
The Doctors at Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital are skilled in many surgical and anesthetic procedures but for your pets more complicated procedures, we are pleased to offer the services of Dr. Tom VanGundy, a board certified veterinary surgeon specializing in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery and Dr. Heidi Shafford, a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist.