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Our practices are equipped to perform a measureless variety of surgeries using modern anaesthetic machines, respiratory monitors and more. Our surgical areas are completely sterile and we use the safest and modern anaesthetics very similar to an operating theatres in human hospitals.

Our veterinarians perform a vast range of operations such as desexing, exploratory surgery, caesarians, tumor and lump removals, wound stitches, intestinal obstructions, and more…

As with human surgery, our veterinarians scrub up, wear surgical gowns, hats and safety protection as well as using autoclaved (sterilised) instruments throughout all procedures. The surgical bed is heated for the comfort and wellness of our patients who are continually monitored. A fully trained veterinary nurse assists the veterinarian throughout the procedure and monitors the patients right through to the recovery period.

What to do the day before your pet is having surgery

It is very important that patients are fasted before any anaesthetic or sedation. The night before the scheduled surgery your pet may enjoy a normal dinner. NO food after 8.00 pm. Water may be left down over night, but needs to be taken away when you wake or around 7 am.

It is a good idea to lock cats away the night before surgery and keep them inside until taken to your vet, so that they do not disappear for their appointment time.

On the day of surgery

No breakfast for your pet on the day of surgery. This is very important as it is not safe for your pet to have an anaesthetic if they have eaten. Take away the water bowl at 7 am in the morning. An admission time will be allocated to you, this is important to allow the nurse to confirm all details and requirements pre surgery. Please allow 15 minutes for this.

Bring your pet down to the vet at your allotted admission time. Please be on time as mornings can become very busy and we want to give you our undivided attention at the designated time. For the comfort of your pet please ensure they have been toileted before admission.

Our Standards of Care for Surgical Proceedures

Blood tests

Surgery and anesthesia are very safe in the majority of cases. However, every pet is different and to minimize the risk each patient will receive a blood test to assess the kidneys and red blood cell concentration prior to an anaesthetic. This blood test is only a “snap shot”, in some cases the duty Veterinarian will express the need for a more thorough blood test if the patient is senior (over 7) or has pre existing conditions.

A more detailed blood test will help us select the best anaesthetic to reduce the inherent risk associated with all anaesthetics, and initiate supportive therapy where necessary to aid in a good recovery for your pet. It also provides a baseline level for your pet and becomes a part of their medical record for future reference.

This pre-anaesthetic test is extremely beneficial regardless of age, but almost vital for senior pets over 7 years. The duty Veterinarian or Inpatient Nurse will advise on this matter prior to surgical commencement.

Please ask your Inpatient Nurse about the cost involved. This test is not compulsory, but highly valuable. The Inpatient Nurse will record your preference on the consent form at the time of admission.

Fluids

To prevent dehydration and assist the anaesthetic drugs being flushed through the system we reccomend that all our pateints receive intravenous fluids throughout their procedure. In some cases fluids should be extended* especially for elderly, debilitated, shocked or renally (kidney) compromised patients, as well as for those undergoing prolonged procedures. The duty Veterinarian or inpatient Nurse will advise on this matter prior to surgical commencement.

Patients receive fluids as required throughout a surgical procedure, extended fluids mean that they are given i/v fluids from admission through until discharge. So in some cases these patients may benefit from several additional hours of hydration.

Pain Relief

Greencross Vets also believe that post operative pain prevents healing; to assist in pain management we adopt a “Gold Class” pain management system where our veterinarians will provide your pet with take home pain relief when required to assist with keeping your pet comfotable during the healing process. 

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