Preparation For Surgery

If your pet is booked in for an elective surgery it is important to follow the directions given by your vet or nurse.
This will include a period of fasting- overnight for dogs and cats, so no access to any food from 10pm the night before; ferrets, rats and guinea pigs require a period of 4-6hrs fasting, so take the food out of the cage the morning of surgery and let us know what time you did this. Rabbits and birds DO NOT require fasting – please bring some food with you when you drop them off.
If antibiotics or pain relief have been prescribed for your animal, please administer as directed until the night before surgery. Do not give oral medications the day of surgery unless instructed to do so by your vet.
Every anaesthetic carries a risk. This risk increases with age, illness and with brachycephalic animals (“short faced” breeds like pugs, bulldogs, and persian cats). Your vet will help you weigh up the risk of anaesthetic with the risk to the animal’s health or quality of life if the anaesthetic is not performed.
There are also things we can do to help decrease the risk of death under anaesthetic.
A pre-anaesthetic blood test screens your animal for poor organ function before clinical signs are detected that might put them at an increased risk – this might mean reassessing whether your animal really needs the surgery, or changing the anaesthetic protocol (drugs selected, or the doses and timing given) to lower the risk. A more complete blood test can be performed if requested prior to the day of surgery.
Intraoperative intravenous (IV) fluid therapy is a very good, cost effective way to lower the risk of anaesthetics and is strongly recommended particularly in older animals or long anaesthetics, but can always benefit a patient. The IV fluid therapy will help maintain good blood pressure and blood flow to the vital organs under anaesthetic, as well as helping to flush any toxic waste products from the body during, and anaesthetic drugs after surgery for a smoother recovery.
Each surgery performed at Rose Avenue or Toormina Road Vet Clinic is given individual attention. Your pet will be monitored throughout the anaesthetic with professional equipment, and a designated nurse is always present to monitor and adapt the anaesthetic for your animal, during and immediately after surgery.