Before putting a horse under general anesthesia, a thorough general examination is performed. Animals in bad condition (fever, skinny, bad coat,...) are high-risk patients and need to be further examined and possibly treated before we proceed to general anesthesia. In some cases, anesthesia and therefore surgery are postponed until the horse's condition has stabilised.
Each horse is also weighed in order to adjust the medication perfectly to the individual animal. The mouth is then thoroughly rinsed out and the horse is taken to the induction box. The latter is completely covered in rubber to avoid injuries as much as possible. During the induction, the horses are guided by means of ropes. This increases safety for both the animal and the team.
During the operation the horse is closely monitored under the eye of our anesthesiologist. Equitom is equipped with a capnograph, saturation meter, electrocardiograph, invasive blood pressure monitor, temperature monitoring, etc. As a result, all vital parameters are visualized and monitored. This allows us to reduce complications after anesthesia to a minimum. During the recovery phase, the anesthesiologist stays with the horse. Once the animal is awake enough, it will be guided by ropes to stand up. With the help of the latter, there is more control over the recovery phase and the risk of trauma can be considerably reduced.
For old, weakened horses or horses that have just undergone a major operation, recovery can also be performed in an inflatable cushion (see accompanying video).