10 Questions you should your ask your vet before anesthesia

May 16, 2017

10 Questions you should ask your veterinarian BEFORE anesthesia 


1. Does the veterinarian perform a pre-anesthetic exam prior to 

administering ANY medications? 


2. Do you tailor an anesthetic protocol to every specific patient or do you 

simply use a formula to determine how much medication to administer 

by weight? 


3. Do you place an IV catheter in EVERY patient to ensure quick access to 

the cardiovascular system in the event of an emergency and provide 

adequate fluid therapy during the procedure? Proper hydration is 

essential for a quick and safe recovery from anesthesia. 


4. What monitoring equipment is used during the anesthetic procedure: 

pulse-oximetry (oxygen saturation of blood), blood pressure monitoring, 

ECG monitoring (to evaluate cardiac activity), core body temperature, 



5. Do you monitor for ETCO2 changes (capnography): an often overlooked 

but extremely important parameter that determines how well a patient is 

breathing and exchanging gases within the lungs. 


6. Is an anesthetic log created with documentation every 5 minutes for 

monitoring of anesthesia and included in the patient’s medical record for 

accountability and evaluation? This is to be completed by a trained 

surgical technician during every procedure. 


7. Is the patient ALWAYS monitored by someone other than the 

veterinarian throughout the entire procedure until the patient is extubated 

(tube removal)? 


8. Are multiple surgeries performed with the same surgical instruments 

creating a potential for cross-contamination and decreasing sterility? 


9. Are individually wrapped suture and surgical gloves used for EVERY 



10. Is the veterinarian available by phone and/or in person after-hours for 

ANY questions or concerns you might have during the evening and night 

of the procedure?

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