Surgical procedures are performed under local or general anaesthesia in an operation theatre.
Before any surgery we will provide you with the details of the procedure and if necessary perform a preanaesthetic blood test. We will then ask you to bring your pet to the clinic in the morning without any food from the previous evening. Water is allowed. Your pet will be weighed and settled into the hospitalisation area.
Depending on the surgical procedure we will prepare the operation site which usually means shaving the area. The surgical site is then washed and desinfected and drapes placed around the site.
There are a choice of anaesthetic agents available for use depending on age, size, and type of surgery being performed.
After the operation is done, the site is cleaned and sometimes dressed. The patient returns to the recovery area to calmly wake up. This is an open area for easy access and monitoring. A powerful painkiller will be given.
When you come to collect your pet they will be able to stand and walk with you unless otherwise indicated. If there is a chance of your animal licking the wound, you will be provided with a plastic collar which prevents the animal from being able to access the site. Usually post operative antibiotics will need to be given.
Like humans, all animals will recover from the anaesthetic and surgery at a different pace. The postoperative painkiller given at the time of surgery will be effective for 24 hours. Most pets will be sleepy and quiet for the 1st 24/48 hours. Within this time rest is essential. Some pets will be unable to control their bladder or bowel effectively for the 1st 24 hours. This is normal. Every surgery is diffrerent and we will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. Please prepare for the extra care that your pet will need from you for up to 10 days after surgery.
10 days later a post operative check is performed and the stiches if any, will be removed.
Normal life can now be resumed unless otherwise instructed.