Here at Allpets Veterinary Hospital we perform routine surgical procedures on a daily basis – Monday to Friday.
These elective procedures include Spays, Castrations, Dental Descale and Polishes. We also perform any number of non-routine or emergency surgeries 7 days a week if necessary.
These surgeries can range from dental extractions, lump removals, wound reconstructions to splenectomies, caesarean sections and fracture/cruciate ligament repairs.
For our elective surgeries, we admit patients into the hospital in the morning between 8-9.30am. Generally if your pet requires a General Anaesthetic we ask you to fast them from approximately 8pm the previous evening. There is no need to withhold water.
On admission the nurse will ask you a few standard questions to gauge if your pet is fit for surgery on that day.
We will discuss with you the importance of a pre-anaesthetic blood screen in order to detect any abnormalities that may complicate your pets surgery and ask you for a contactable phone number whereby we can reach you at all stages throughout the day.
Your pet’s safety and comfort is a priority to us and we take a number of measures to minimise any anxiety/stress they may feel. We tailor your pets pre-med sedation to their needs and administer it prior to surgery to reduce their anxiety. We use Isoflurane gaseous anaesthesia which is extremely safe for all our patients including our geriatric and exotic patients. We always ensure adequate pain relief is given to your pet before, during and after any surgical procedure.
During anaesthesia and surgery your pet is monitored continuously by one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses. This includes ECG monitoring of the heart, SP02 monitoring for oxygen saturation (an estimate of the % amount of oxygenated haemoglobin in the blood), Blood Pressure, Temperature and Respiration rates to ensure any concerns are addressed efficiently and promptly. On recovery they are continually assessed and reassured by our nurses.
Depending on the procedure performed your pet may need an overnight stay in the hospital but most of our patients can be discharged the same day.
Our Vets/Nurses will always update you on your pet’s progress throughout the day and arrange a discharge time whereby we can discuss all aspects of post-operative care with you. This includes advice on feeding, wound care, follow up appointments for wound checks or dressing changes and suture removal. We will also discuss, in most cases, the importance of an Elizabethan collar to prevent your pet interfering with their surgical wound.
We are available 24 hours a day for any advice or reassurance you may need throughout your pet’s recovery period.