What happens to my pet during his/her day-stay at the vets?

  • Your pet will have an admission appointment. If we’ve never met your pet before, this will be with one of our experienced veterinary surgeons. Otherwise, it will be with one of our registered veterinary nurses. We normally admit patients between 8am and 9am each morning. If you can’t make these times, please call us to discuss alternative options.
  • Once admitted, your pet will have their own cage or run for the day. They will be put in a cage which is big enough for them to be completely comfortable but small enough for them to feel secure. They will be given bedding and blankets to ensure they are warm and contented.
  • The vet performing the procedure will do a physical examination, checking the heart, lungs, mouth, abdomen, temperature and hydration status of your pet. If we have any concerns we will contact you prior to proceeding.
  • Your pet will be given a “premed”. This is normally a combination of a sedative and a powerful pain killer, with the type and dose of each medication tailored specifically for your pet. By giving this premedication, we find our patients only require a low dose of anaesthetic, recover smoothly and are relaxed and comfortable during their stay
  • Your pet will be placed on intravenous fluids. With 85% of animals experiencing low blood pressure during surgery, intravenous fluids are important to help maintain blood pressure during most surgical procedures. If a patient experiences low blood pressure for any extended period of time, some serious adverse effects can result, including: liver and kidney damage; delayed wound healing and increased risk of infection. Since we have been using intravenous fluids as a standard; we have found that our patients are normally walking out of the clinic within a few hours of their surgical procedure. Gone are the days of dogs wobbling out to the car, still half asleep.
  • Your pet will be anaesthetised with an injectable anaesthetic. They are then intubated, which allows us to use an inhaled anaesthetic to maintain their anaesthesia, and keeps their airway open  and protected
  • Once anaesthetised, patients are connected to our anaesthetic monitoring equipment. This equipment monitors blood pressure, oxygen levels, breath carbon dioxide levels and temperature throughout anaesthesia. This is critical to make the anaesthetic as safe as possible. It has been shown time and again that careful anaesthetic monitoring gives a surgery team the chance to correct small problems before they become big problems.
  • The surgery site is clipped and prepped for surgery. We remove hair from around the surgery site to keep the wound clean, then use specialised disinfectant products to remove infectious organisms from the skin. While this is happening, the vet performing the surgery will be scrubbing their hands and arms to prepare for surgery, gowning up and putting on sterile surgical gloves.
  • Your pet is moved through to theatre, and a warm-air blanket is applied to keep them warm during the procedure. Without adequate support, an animal’s body temperature drops during anaesthesia and hypothermia (low core body temperature) can result in delayed wound healing and recovery.  The warm environment we create is also for your pet’s comfort… Imagine waking up from a big surgery feeling sore and very cold. Now imagine waking up with a warm air blanket and lots of bedding. A much better way to recover we think.
  • The surgery is performed by one of our veterinary surgeons. During the procedure, one of our registered veterinary nurses is monitoring the anaesthetic.
  • During or immediately after the surgery, your pet will be given additional analgesics to minimise pain and discomfort. The type and amount will once again be tailored specifically to your pet.
  • Once your pet is awake, they will be returned to their cage or run, which will have fresh bedding and a heat pad to keep them comfortable during the recovery period. They will continue to be monitored by one of our qualified veterinary nurses until their discharge appointment.
  • You will have a discharge appointment booked with one of our nurses when it is time for your pet to go home. Sterilisations are usually a day procedure, so we normally discharge our surgery patients between 3pm and 6pm. At this discharge appointment, the nurse will discuss any aftercare requirements and answer any questions you may have.
  • 10 days after the procedure, we will recheck your pet to ensure the wound has healed well, and any external sutures will be removed. This recheck is performed at no additional charge.