A recovery team member will sit with your pet, or hold them, while utilizing Medical Qigong (energy therapy) to ease any fear or confusion your pet may feel when waking up from anesthesia. Warm blankets and pads are placed on your pet to aid in supporting their body temperature. Soft lighting is utilized as much as possible to ease their transition from anesthesia to being fully awake. Our goal is to make this as pleasant and comforting an experience as possible for each pet coming out of anesthesia.
We carefully supervise and control recovery, monitoring the following until your pet is released into your care:
- Respiration (Breathing)
- Comfort levels
- Need for pain medication
- Need for complementary therapies
After your pet is awake he or she will be exercised and provided a small meal and small amounts of water. It is only when a pet is fully recovered from anesthesia and able to walk on his or her own that we allow the pet to return home to your care.
When your pet is released into your care, you will receive written instructions for home care, including exercise and feeding recommendations, medication instructions, necessary follow-up appointments, and other information on your pet’s condition. The doctor or a certified technician will go over these with you and answer any questions you may have. We will call the next day to make sure your pet is recovering well and urge you to call us with any concerns.
At Harmony Veterinary Center, our goal is to make the anesthesia process as easy as possible on both and your pet.