We know how stressful it can be to put your beloved companion under anesthesia, whether for an elective procedure or for a life-saving surgery. The entire team here at Homestead Animal Hospital is dedicated to your best friend’s health and safety. We use a variety of monitoring devices to keep a close eye on your pet and to ensure their anesthetic event is as safe as possible.
Common anesthetic monitoring equipment
The most common anesthetic monitoring devices include:
- Pulse oximeter — A pulse oximeter probe tells us your pet’s pulse rate, and detects the oxygen percentage in their blood.
- Blood pressure cuff — Oscillometric blood pressure monitoring is the easiest method of measuring systolic, diastolic, and mean arterial blood pressure. The ultrasonic Doppler and arterial catheter methods are also used.
- Electrocardiograph — Electrocardiography (ECG) uses three leads that attach to your pet’s skin to obtain quick, real-time information about heart rate and rhythm. An ECG provides information regarding the heart’s electrical activity, and can detect arrhythmias that indicate cardiac problems.
- Trained veterinary technician — A licensed veterinary technician (LVT) is the most important monitoring device. They are the eyes, ears, and hands, closely monitoring your pet to ensure they remain pain-free, comfortable, and safe during anesthesia and throughout recovery. An LVT has completed college courses that focus on anesthetic monitoring and potential complications, and they will closely monitor your pet for any issues, and leap into action if necessary. No piece of equipment can replace an experienced, highly skilled veterinary technician.
Along with these basic pieces of veterinary monitoring equipment, many more items are available that help us keep a close watch on your pet’s vital signs during anesthesia, including a blood gas analyzer, temperature probe, esophageal stethoscope, capnograph, respirometer, and blood pressure transducer. Each pet undergoing an anesthetic procedure receives our careful, undivided attention, as we closely watch their monitoring devices, and trust in our own hands, eyes, and ears to keep your best friend safe and healthy.
If you worried about putting your pet under anesthesia for a surgical procedure, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any of your questions.