Getting your pet ready for surgery is a simple process but can still be daunting for many owners. Here are some simple tips to ensure your pet is ready for their day at the clinic.
It is important for your pet to have an empty stomach prior to their anaesthetic. As such we advise clients to not feed their pet after 8pm the night before. Water is fine though, we don't want them getting dehydrated. The exceptions to this are:
- Rabbits/Guinea Pigs - it is important for these pets to have constant access to food for digestive health. They should also be brought to the clinic with a sample of their food so they can start eating as soon as they're awake
- Pets under 3 months of age - whilst surgery on very young pets is unusual it is sometimes neccessary. Very young pets don't have the same energy stores as older ones and as such we recommend giving them some food first thing in the morning prior to surgery to ensure their blood sugar levels are maintained.
We recommend taking your pet to the toilet prior to coming into the clinic, to reduce the chances of them dirtying themselves during surgery or recovery.
We don't recommend taking your pet swimming in the dam or playing in the mud on the day of their surgery. The cleaner your pet is, the lower the risk of infections. If possible, washing your pet the day before surgery will help remove excess dirt and grime from their coat and skin.
If your pet is on medications prior to surgery, please call us to ask if it should be given the morning of their procedure. Some medications are essential (such as insulin for diabetics or heart medications) and must be given to maintain a healthy pet, but your vet may want to alter the dose or time of the medication depending on the procedure to be performed.
Pre-anaesthetic blood tests
The more information we have about your pet's health, the safer we can make their anaesthetic. Pre-anaesthetic blood tests can be run on the spot with results available in minutes thanks to our in-house laboratory equipment.
If you have any questions prior to your pet's surgery, please don't hesitate to contact us