Guilford Veterinary Hospital Services

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Our anesthesia protocol is tailored to meet each individual patient's needs. While no one can guarantee that an anesthetic emergency won't arise, we take many precautions to ensure the safety of our patients. We mainly use general anesthesia, however, a doctor may choose to use local anesthesia for minor procedures when deemed appropriate. We have many induction agents available to suit the needs of each patient. Our inhalant anesthetics, Sevofluorane and Isofluorane, have a short duration of effect making them very safe. Before a surgical procedure, each patient has a pre-anesthetic examination and is given a sedative not only to relax them but also to allow us to use less anesthesia during the procedure. If a patient is of a certain age or medical condition the doctor will order pre-surgical bloodwork that checks for pre-existing conditions. Most patients will have an intravenous catheter placed for safety. While under anesthesia, the oxygen saturation, heart rate, EKG, blood pressure, and respiration are all monitored to ensure normal levels are maintained. A highly skilled technician assists the doctor at all times and provides patient care from induction to recovery.

General Surgery
Our doctors perform a wide variety of surgery from elective to non-elective procedures. These include spaying and neutering, soft tissue, orthopedic, obstetrical and emergency surgeries. In more complex cases, we may refer a pet to a specialist. Dr. Melvyn Pond is one of the specialists with whom we work closely. He is a board-certified veterinary surgeon who comes to GVH for both consultations and to perform surgery.

During an exam a doctor may recommend a dental cleaning. Our dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia and follow the same protocol as a general surgery. The first thing that is done is a thorough oral exam with a probe to look for obvious pockets or other problems. With an ultrasonic scaler the tarter and plaque are removed from the teeth and gum-line. To smooth out any scratches in the enamel, polishing with a special paste is done. After polishing we apply a fluoride treatment that helps to strengthen the teeth and slow plaque build up. Another oral exam is performed to determine if any extractions or further treatments need to be done.

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