The Cost Of Compassion

Your pet’s comfort and safety is our primary concern. We know that anesthesia and surgery are stressful for both you and your pet. We understand that cost is often a factor in choosing your pet’s health care, and want to be sure that you understand how our hospital policies can make a real difference to you and your pet. At Mars Hill Animal Hospital, we do everything we can to minimize stress and discomfort by using the safest products and performing procedures the safest way possible.

  • Each patient is given a Physical Examination and Pre-Operative Blood Screen before undergoing any surgical procedure.
  • Intravenous catheters are placed in all patients undergoing surgical procedures. This enables comfortable access for administration of anesthetic agents and pain medications. It also provides and inlet for Intravenous fluid support during the procedure. Fluid support during anesthesia maintains blood pressure and assures your pet does not become dehydrated.
  • Mars Hill Animal Hospital uses sevoflurane and isoflurane gas anesthesia. These anesthetics are more expensive but much safer than other drugs. This means that your pet will have a secured airway with the use of an endotracheal breathing tube, which is an important safety measure.
  • Our operating room is equipped with electronic monitors, which monitor blood pressure, oxygen saturation in the blood, EKG, pulse rate, respiration rate, and temperature. We also have highly trained surgical technicians dedicated exclusively to monitoring your pet while under anesthesia.
  • A heated circulating water blanket is used to maintain your pet’s body temperature during anesthesia. Post operatively a heating pad is also placed in your pet’s cage. This provides for a safer, quicker and smoother recovery.
  • There are no regulations to prevent veterinary hospitals lowering costs by reusing needles and syringes, or using outdated suture material. At Mars Hill Animal Hospital we only use the highest quality suture material and surgical supplies. We never reuse needles or syringes.
  • Pain Management is a high priority at our hospital. Scientific evidence proves that pets experience pain the same way we do. Proper pain control involves not only anesthesia, but also additional medications given for the sole purpose of relieving surgical and post-surgical pain.

Things to consider when comparing surgical facilities . . .

  1. Is post surgical pain medication routinely used?
  2. Are emergency and blood products readily available?
  3. Is sterile surgical attire worn during surgery?
  4. Will a surgical technician be monitoring my pet?
  5. Will my pet have an I.V. Catheter?