Surgery & Diagnostic Procedures
At least 12 hours prior to being admitted, access to all food should be removed. This is especially important for cats that may wander and be able to obtain food from elsewhere. Do NOT take water away from your pet.
Please bath your dog the day before routine surgery, unless you are otherwise advised. You will not be able to bath your pet or allow them to get wet for a period of time after the surgical procedure. For protection of all our patients, we request that your pet be up to date with vaccinations, routine intestinal worming, heartworm and tick and flea prevention prior to admission for routine surgery or procedures.
In most surgical cases and some diagnostic procedures, we recommend that your pet undergo a pre-anaesthetic blood screen and be placed on intravenous fluids prior to and during anaesthesia. In order to provide the safest anaesthetic possible for your pet, the drugs we administer are specifically selected for your pet's condition, age and breed. However, there are risks with any anaesthetic.
Performing a pre-anaesthetic blood screen prior to administering an anaesthetic enables us to further minimise these risks by determining kidney, liver and other organ function. These organs are responsible for metabolising and eliminating anaesthetics and medications. If blood results are abnormal, we can modify the anaesthetic drugs that we use and address the underlying problems.
Intravenous fluid therapy allows us to help maintain your pet's blood pressure during anaesthesia and surgical procedures. It assists the organs in processing and eliminating anaesthesia and other drugs and aids in a smoother, faster recovery for your pet.
Our focus is on providing the very best in patient care and safety. Our nurses are highly trained in monitoring anaesthesia and patient's vital signs prior to, during and after surgery, using highly specialised monitoring equipment.
All surgery and diagnostic procedures require owners to complete and sign an Anaesthetic, Surgery and Procedure Consent form. Your veterinarian will provide you with a written estimation, which you will be required to sign when your pet is admitted. If you have not been given an estimation, please notify reception nurses who will arrange for one to be provided. If you have any questions or concerns prior to your pet receiving treatment, undergoing diagnostic procedures or surgery, please be sure to let our nurses know so that we can assist you.
Please make sure your contact number is provided on the consent form so we may reach you if any emergencies arise, or variations to procedures or treatments are required. If you are not available at the time, we may be forced to make decisions based on the best interests of your pet.
After Surgery or Procedure
Once the procedure or surgery has been completed, our nurses will call and advise you of your pet's condition and recovery and arrange a discharge appointment with you. The attending nurse or veterinarian will then discuss with you any diagnostic test results, treatment plans, medications and home care instructions.