Your appointment will be confirmed the day before the surgery and you will be advised on the protocols such as fasting your pet. Common protocols include;
- No food after 8pm the previous night and no water in the morning.
- Take your dog for a walk before admission so that they can empty their bowel and bladder.
Admission typically takes place early the next morning as per the appointment schedule (usually between 8am and 10am). Admission should not take long and usually you would be able to leave within 15 to 20 minutes. Discharge usually occurs later the same day and our staff will arrange a suitable time.
Before surgery, your pet will have a full health check to ensure their health is adequate to undergo anaesthesia. The most important checks being their temperature, heart and lung health. Your vet may also recommend a blood test prior to surgery. Your pet will have gas anaesthetic and will be put on an IV for the surgery and during recovery. This helps maintain hydration and blood pressure and allows for easy delivery of pain relief and other medications. The anaesthesia is closely monitored and your pet is checked using a pulse oximeter during surgery. This measures the oxygen levels as well as the heart rate. A blood pressure monitor, ECG and capnograph are also used to help make the anaesthetic safer.