We understand the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never easy. Our surgery suite is equipped with Isofluorane anesthesia, pulse oximetry, EKG, blood pressure monitoring, a water circulating heating unit and electrocautery.
Any pet undergoing anesthesia at Vine Animal Hospital is monitored by an experienced registered veterinary technician. These technicians are trained and licensed in veterinary anesthesia as well as other diagnostic, surgery and dentistry-related skills. They remain with the patient during pre-op, surgery and recovery, monitoring vital signs and anesthesia plane, and administering any needed medications. Every surgical patient has a multi-modal pain control protocol tailored for their needs.
Declawing is the surgical removal of a cat’s claws. In order to prevent the claw from growing back, the ungual crest, which contains the cells that produce the claws, must be removed. This involves amputating the last bone, or third phalanx, of the cat’s toes. In addition, all declaw patients receive Buprenorphine for systemic pain control pre- and post-operatively, as well as local nerve blocks to keep the area numb. As with any surgical patient, they are closely monitored by our registered veterinary technicians, who utilize EKG, Doppler blood pressure and PO2 (partial pressure of oxygen) monitoring.