My pet needs to have surgery. Should I be worried about the anesthesia?

Modern anesthesia is generally quite safe. Our veterinary hospital will perform a physical examination and typically run blood tests before all procedures requiring general anesthesia to make sure your pet doesn’t have any hidden health issues. In addition, a skilled veterinary technician will be monitoring your pet’s vital signs during the procedure, to ensure your pet’s safety or to catch and treat any potential concerns as quickly as possible. We can monitor your pet’s heart rate, breathing, blood oxygen level, ecg, blood pressure and temperature during the procedure. Our warming blankets with keep your pet’s temperature regulated as well.

Blue Ridge Veterinary Services is proud to offer Sevoflurane anesthetic gas as well at both our Galax, VA and Mount Airy, NC locations as well. This is the same gas anesthetic agent that is used on many human pediatric surgeries. It is slightly more expensive than our regular gas anesthetic, Isoflurane, but gives us another option to make surgery as safe as possible.

Emergencies

We have a veterinarian on call for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call the clinic and if your call is not answered directly you will receive a message instructing you how to reach the on-call doctor.