Knowing what to do before your pet has an anaesthetic or a surgical procedure can help to reduce some of the stress on the day. Similarly, deciding what pre-surgery blood test to run on your pet can also reduce the stress of having to make last minute decisions. This section outlines all information relative to your pet, before they come in for their procedure. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any further questions, or if you have any questions specific to your pet.
Pre-Surgery Questions and Answers
We have developed a pre-surgery booklet which is designed to have all pre-surgery instructions in an easy to access and read format that can be kept at home and referred to when needed. This booklet is accessable in a .pdf format from this link.
Q. Does my pet need to be fasted before an anaesthetic?
A. Yes. Pets must be fasted before an anaesthetic in order to eliminate unnecessary risk. Please feed your pet at approximately 6-7pm on the night prior to their admission and then restrict all access to food after this. That includes treats, bones, chews, human food and other edible goodies. Pets are allowed water over night, but please pick this up at 6 - 7am on the morning of their procedure.
Q. Is blood testing required before a surgical procedure for my pet?
A. Yes. Blood testing is important for all pets undergoing an anaesthetic procedure. The purpose of the blood test is to screen your pet for any abnormalities that may interfere with your pets anaesthetic, ensuring your pet can have the safest possible anaesthetic. Abnormalities are not normally detectable on a physical exam or health check until the affected organ is severely compromised. By running screening tests we can check for this information before it is too late. For more information, including blood test options for both young and senior pets, please visit our page dedicated to pre-surgery screening blood tests.
Q. Should I bath my dog?
A. Yes. Please bath your dog a day or two before their surgical procedure. Having a clean dog allows for easier cleaning of surgical sites which reduces both the risk of infection and the duration of anaesthetic. As a general rule, cats are very good groomers and keep themselves clean. This means that they do not require bathing before a surgical procedure, unless indicated.
Q. Do I need to make an appointment on the day of the procedure or can I come in at any time?
A. We always run on appointments, and making an appointment time for a surgical procedure is especially important. At your admission appointment, we will require about 15 minutes of your time in order for you to fill in your paperwork and discuss your pets surgery with their nurse. Please ensure a responsible adult is present at this appointment, as we will require consent forms to be filled in. For a faster admission, you can download and print out an anaesthetic consent form off our website, and pre-fill it in at home. The form is available at this link.
- Please ensure you are contactable throughout the day. Occasionally we may need to contact a pet parent in order to discuss blood test results or unusual findings. If you are reachable at all times throughout the day then we can ensure your pets procedure runs as smoothly as possible.
- Ensure you mention all medication that your pet is currently on, and when they had their last dose. This is important information, and could change or alter the anaesthestic protocol selected for your pet.
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