The following video and page outlines the important aspects of your pet's upcoming surgery or procedure. It includes things you need to think about prior to the day and what to expect on the day of your pet's surgery or procedure. The Vetwest healthcare team are always pleased to answer any questions you may have so if you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We encourage you to watch our short video:
What do I need to think about before surgery day?
Up to date vaccinations
For the protection of our patients we strongly recommend that all pets in the hospital are fully up to date with their vaccinations.
A safer approach to your pet's anaesthetic
Although we are using the best and safest techniques, drugs and equipment possible, any type of surgery (whether for animals or humans) poses some risks. These risks are often related to underlying medical conditions that may not be apparent externally. To decrease these potential risks we highly recommend pre-anaesthetic blood testing, particularly for pets eight years of age and more.
The panel of laboratory tests checks the function of your pet’s major organs, such as the ability of the liver and kidney to rid the body of drugs and medications. We are also able to identify abnormalities in blood cells which may affect the blood's ability to carry oxygen, fight infection and prevent excessive bleeding during surgery. For more information on the types of blood tests we may run for your pet visit: Understanding your pet's blood test
Is a safe way of identifying your pet for life should they become lost. Now is a great time to consider micro-chipping particularly if your pet’s visit is for routine desexing. Learn more about microchipping here
Your pet will not be able to have a bath for at least 12-14 days after sterile surgery, therefore if your pet requires bathing we recommend that it be done prior to the day of surgery. Learn more about bathing and shampooing your dog here or your cat here
On admission to hospital, your pet will receive a thorough dental check up as part of our routine care. A dental check up may highlight the need for cleaning, polishing, tooth extraction - any of which may be addressed whilst your pet is anaesthetised. Our healthcare team professionals will discuss these options with you at the time of admission. Learn more about healthy teeth and gums here.
Below you will find information on important aspects of your pet's upcoming surgery or procedure. It includes things you need to think about prior to the day and also what to expect on the day of your pet's surgery or procedure. Your Vetwest healthcare team are ready to answer any questions you may have so if you require further information, please contact us.