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All surgeries require general anesthesia.  Anesthesia itself scares many people, but at Iron Mountain Animal Hospital we promise to do our best to help prevent surgical complications, anesthesia problems, or pain in your pet.  Anesthesia does sound frightening but is actually extremely safe, especially at IMAH where we take every precaution to avoid complications.   When blood work shows us that kidney or liver functions are not within normal limits, we adjust the anesthetic protocol to safeguard your pet’s health and recovery.

Anesthesia can cause a lowering of blood pressure and decreased blood flow to the kidneys.  We always make sure that every patient undergoing surgery has an IV catheter for fluid support to prevent these problems.  The IV catheter also allows us a safe way to administer pain medication during and after surgical procedures.

It is also important to keep in mind that our facility always uses sterile instruments on every surgery, and the instruments are re-sterilized after each procedure. Each patient is draped to create a sterile field for the procedure and we wear caps, masks and gowns and use a clean, dedicated surgery suite.


Iron Mountain Animal Hospital has made a significant investment –over $50,000—to insure safe anesthesia. This includes staff training, following protocols from the American Animal Hospital Association (in which we are certified), state of the art monitoring equipment, gas anesthesia machines, heated recovery intensive care area, constant patient observation and monitoring by a nursing staff member, and medical gas installed to human facility standards.  You can be sure that your beloved pet will be in good hands with us.