Surgery at A&BVCs
Routine surgery is scheduled Monday to Friday.
Your pet will be admitted to the clinic between 8:00am and 10:00am on the day of their booked procedure. Your pet can also be admitted the night before and if this is more convenient for you, arrange this with us when you make your appointment.
Surgeries are performed by highly trained and experienced veterinarians, assisted by an outstanding team of nurses. Patients are closely monitored during procedures and the post-operative period.
Pre-anaesthetic blood profile and Intravenous Fluid
Pre-anaesthetic Blood Profiles are offered to every patient who is undergoing a general anaesthetic at A&BVCs. Pre-anaesthetic blood profiles assess your pet’s major organ function, hydration and blood sugar, enabling us to minimise any risk of their procedure and tailor their anaesthetic needs, including which anaesthetic agents we use and your pet’s fluid requirements. We recommend pre-anaesthetic profiles for all pets, particularly pets over 7 years of age. As well as giving you peace of mind, these blood tests serve as a useful “baseline” of organ function, to which subsequent blood tests and health checks can be referenced.
We also offer intravenous fluid therapy during an anaesthetic, which helps to counteract drops in blood pressure and maintain blood flow to vital organs, including the heart, kidneys and liver. For pets over 7 years of age, pets with certain health problems or those undergoing lengthy procedures, this is strongly recommended.
When general anaesthesia or sedation is required for the treatment of your pet’s condition, please take the following preparatory precautions:
- Remove food after 10pm the night before to ensure your pet has an empty stomach
- Remove water by 8am the morning of admission except where directed otherwise by our veterinarians
- Allow your pet an opportunity to go to the toilet before being admitted to the clinic
- Ensure the admitting nurse is aware of any pertinent information. For example, if you think your pet may have eaten or had access to food, current illnesses (even if you think it is minor), previous anaesthetic or sedation complications, any current medications
- If lumps are being removed, please point these out on admission
- Please inform the admitting nurse if your pet requires any other veterinary treatments eg. vaccinations, microchipping, heartworm injections, checking any lumps, dental checks or nail trimming
- Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats and birds should not be fasted prior to admission for surgery.
- Provide food as normal to these species unless specifically directed otherwise by our veterinarians.
- Please allow 10-15 minutes to complete admission paperwork upon arrival. Our nurses will then advise you of a time to call the clinic for an update on your pet’s progress
- You will need to sign a consent form when your pet is admitted. At admission you will be advised of a time to call the clinic for a progress report.
Post Operative Care
Discharge from hospital
When you call the clinic for a progress report, we will arrange a discharge appointment for you so we can tell you everything you need to know about your pets procedure and recovery period, as well as answer any questions you might have.
Whilst most of our routine procedures require only a day stay, occasionally some procedures may require an overnight stay.
What to Expect
Some animals may cough or be constipated for 24-48 hours after an anaesthetic. So long as the signs are mild and your pet is not uncomfortable, they are not a cause for concern
Your pet may be subdued and wobbly for 24-48 hours
Your pet may have shaved areas where intravenous catheters/injections were given, and/or over their surgical sites. We shave these areas to enable proper disinfection of the skin. Sometimes you will notice the skin is yellow from the iodine we use. This will disappear within a few days and the fur will regrow within 4-8 weeks
Your pet will be happier each day
Your pet should steadily return back to their normal self. If you think your pet is recovering slowly, seems painful, or if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
What do Do
When your pet is discharged, we ask that you be observant, follow our recommendations and administer any medications as directed. The following are some guidelines for post-operative care:
- Please keep your pet warm and comfortable on the night of their procedure, and allow them to sleep off the anesthetic
- Some animals feel nauseas or do not want to eat when they get home. Please offer half your pet’s normal meal on the night of the anaesthetic, and then feed as normal from the following day
- Inspect any stitches morning and night for redness, swelling or discharge, and contact us if you are concerned
- Do not allow your pet to lick its stitches as it promotes irritation and infection of the wound.
- Contact us to obtain an Elizabethan Collar or bitterant spray to deter licking if you see your pet bothering its wound, even if it seems infrequent
- To prevent infection, your pet should not swim or be bathed whilst stitches are in place
- You do not need to apply anything to your pets wound unless requested to do so by one of our veterinarians. Some products eg. Dettol and Tea Tree Oil can ulcerate the skin and mouth of pets
- Restrict your pets exercise if requested to do so by one of our veterinarians
- Please arrange an appointment for any post-operative checks. Suture removal is 10-14 days after your pet’s surgery, unless advised otherwise
- Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions about your pet’s recovery period. They are our top priority