General Information for When Your Pet Has an Operation

By July 9, 2016 February 17th, 2019 Uncategorized

Anaesthesia & Surgical Risks There are risks associated with any anesthetic or surgical procedure. Any risks are minimized through careful clinical assessment of your pet and preparation of your pet prior to anaesthesia.

Pre Anaesthetic Preparation Healthy adult pets can be fed up to 8 hours prior and have access to water up to 2 hours prior to anaesthesia. In general, please feed a light meal the evening before and remove water on the morning of the anaesthetic. Your pet will receive a full clinical examination before the procedure and pre anaesthetic blood and urine tests may be recommended. If your pet is not in good health, the procedure may be postponed.

Anesthesia / Sedation Anaesthetic is administered by injection into the muscle or vein. Hair will be shaved from the injection site. A tube is placed into the wind pipe to give the anaesthetic gas and assist breathing if this is necessary. Almost all anaesthetics go smoothly, and although every care is taken to ensure the safety of your pet, very occasionally problems can arise.

Surgery As with anaesthesia, there are risks and complications associated with surgery. It is important that the surgical procedure has been discussed fully, and any post operative conditions explained to your satisfaction. These can include wound discomfort and swelling, wound breakdown, infections, nausea, vomiting, shivering, itchiness and in very rare cases death. Every effort is made to minimise these risks, through surgical technique and post operative care of your pet. Drugs may be prescribed for pain and infection. If you have any concerns about the anaesthetic or procedure, please discuss these with your veterinarian.

Post Anaesthetic Care After an anaesthetic your pet may be sleepy, and will feel the cold. If your pet seems very drowsy or unwell, or you have any questions or concerns after the anaesthetic procedure, do not hesitate to phone us or the Afterhours Veterinary Centre 366 1052.

It may take up to 36 hours for your pet to be fully recovered, during which time they must be confined in a warm, dry place.

  • Cats should not be allowed outside, so a litter tray will be required for them.
  • Dogs should preferably be kept inside, or in a warm kennel or garage.
  • Offer your pet a small meal on the evening following the anaesthetic, as a large meal can cause vomiting.
  • Ensure they have access to fresh water.