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Pets in Surgery

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

Most pets in their lifetime need some kind of surgery, whether it is desexing, dental work, cruciate repairs etc.

It can be quite a daunting time for owners so we have put together a quick guide of what to expect when you make a booking for surgery.

Before Surgery:

- Do not feed the animal after 6pm the night before this reduces the risk of animals vomiting during and after surgery. Water is fine to keep out all night though

- Discuss any questions you have about the procedure before the day of the surgery

- Ensure the vet knows any previous medical history before the day of the procedure

- The vet may require a blood test for some animals before the procedure

- Ensure you have a comfortable, quiet place set up for your pet when he/she comes home after the surgery

Understanding the surgery experience

Surgeries are an important step of care in your pets life. Completing procedures under anaesthetic allows the veterinarian to treat the pet safely, calmly and pain free.

Before any medication or sedation is given the pet will be examined to ensure your pet is fit for the procedure.

A pre-medication is given to about half an hour before the surgery, this makes the pet drowsy and provides pain relief for them. This also calms the animal making the experience more comfortable.

Once the animal is ready they require a second injection to sedate them and are then connected to the anaesthetic machine. A small section of hair on the pets forearm will be shaved, this is just so the vet is able to administer injections easily.

The area in which the operation is happening will need to also be shaved and sterilised for surgery.

During the procedure the animal will be carefully monitored by our team of vet nurses, recording vital signs and making small adjustments to the anaesthetic rate when needed.

After the surgery the pet will be placed into a warm, comfortable bed that has been pre-made and monitored until they has fully recovered.

When recovered you will be contacted with how your pet went throughout its procedure and when you can pick him/her up.

After Surgery Requirements

Once you have taken your pet home there are a few things you need to keep in mind:

- Feed only small amounts that night for dinner

- Confine your pet to a safe, comfortable and clean environment

- Prevent your pet from licking or scratching the wound. E-collars are available at the vets if they are constantly trying to get to the stitches

- Monitor the wound site for redness, inflammation or swelling

- Give all medications prescribed on time and according to the label

- Attend all necessary revisits

- Most importantly give the vets a call if you have any questions or concerns

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