Many cat owners worry about putting their beloved companion under anesthesia, whether for an elective procedure, or a life-saving surgery. However, our entire team here at Valley Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to your best friend’s health and safety while in our care and we use a variety of monitoring devices to keep a close eye on your cat and 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 cat’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 cat’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 cat 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 cat for any issues, and leap into action if necessary.
Along with these basic pieces of veterinary monitoring equipment, many more items are available that help us keep a close watch on your cat’s vital signs during anesthesia, including a blood gas analyzer, temperature probe, esophageal stethoscope, capnograph, respirometer, and blood pressure transducer. Each cat 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.
Are you worried about putting your cat under anesthesia for a surgical procedure? Contact us, and we’re happy to address any of your questions or concerns!