Surgery Information

On the evening before the surgery

  • Administer any medication as normal- unless the vet has specified not to.
  • Feed your pet as normal up until 10pm at night, then remove the food.

On the morning of the surgery

    • Give medication as normal– unless the vet has specified not to.
    • Please bring your pet into the clinic between 8.45 and 9.30 am.
    • Allow time to fill out some paperwork on admission– an adult owner needs to drop the patient off to fill out and sign this paperwork.
    • Please bring dogs with a suitable collar/harness and lead, and cats in a secure safe carrier cage. We can loan these if you don’t have any available.

Once your animal is in hospital it will be checked by a vet prior to its anaesthetic. The vet will assess the patient and if any serious problems are identified you will be called. If the patient is healthy it will be sedated. When the patient is due for its surgery it will be anaesthetised and prepared for the procedure. There is risk with any anaesthetic, however we minimize this risk by tailoring each anaesthetic to the individual, and monitoring closely during surgery and recovery.

Collecting your pet

Please call the clinic between 3 and 4pm to find out how your pet is recovering and when they will be ready to go home. Routine surgery cases can usually be collected between 4 and 6pm on the day of surgery. Please allow time for a nurse or vet to go through what was done while the patient was in hospital, and what you need to do at home to care for your pet.

Options on the day of surgery

On the day of surgery you will be given some options relating to your pet’s care for the day. Any anaesthetic carries a risk, this risk increases with age and disease. We minimise the risk with a thorough clinical examination of your pet prior to the anaesthetic, and tailoring the anaesthetic to each individual. During the procedure and recovery your pet is closely monitored by nursing staff. There are some additional options for the day of surgery including: intravenous fluids and pre-anaesthetic blood work. The cost of these options is in addition to the standard price for a procedure.

Intravenous fluids

Your pet can be placed on intravenous fluids for the anaesthetic and recovery period. This helps to maintain their blood pressure during surgery and recovery, ensuring enough blood and oxygen gets to all the important organs. This is particularly important for older, overweight or sick patients, and any patient undergoing a long procedure. Intravenous fluids also make the recovery after the anaesthetic smoother and quicker.

Many short simple procedures have been done for a long time without intravenous fluids, however the benefits are now being recognised even for simple procedures like desexing.

At Caring Vets we strongly recommend any animal over 8 years of age having an anaesthetic is placed on intravenous fluids. For younger animals undergoing routine surgery this alternative is optional. The cost for this option is $71.60.

Pre-anaesthetic blood work

Blood work performed before an anaesthetic provides information on how a patient’s organs are functioning and their suitability for an anaesthetic. With this information the vet will determine if the patient is well enough for the anaesthetic, and if the type or dose of the drugs used needs to be adjusted. This option costs $108.20.

The pre-anaesthetic profile is a set of bloods run at the clinic. There are several components to this blood work:

  • The PCV is checked to assess the number of red blood cells. Anaemia and dehydration are two conditions that may be detected with this test
  • Two kidney enzymes are checked– Urea and Creatinine. Together they give an indication of how well the kidneys are functioning. The kidneys are important for processing and removing drugs from the body.
  • Two liver enzymes are checked– ALT and ALP. Together they give an indication of how well the liver is functioning. The liver is important for processing and removing drugs from the body.
  • Glucose is checked– problems such as diabetes and low glucose may be identified.
  • The total protein concentration of blood is determined. Abnormalities can indicate that a patient is dehydrated, a disease may be causing the patient to lose protein, or protein is not being produced normally.

The blood work for most young patients comes back normal. As animals get older we are more likely to find abnormalities. In some patients we may need to run more extensive blood and urine tests.