SurgeryWe perform a range of surgeries here at Palmerstown veterinary hospital, from routine surgeries, like neutering, to orthopaedic surgery, such as cruciate repairs.
Pets coming in to Palmerstown veterinary hospital for surgery are usually fasted from 8pm the night before, water can be freely given up until your appointment
On the morning of surgery we encourage you to make sure your pet has had a chance to go to the toilet before he/she is admitted by one of our veterinary team. At the time of admittance your pet will be carefully examined to check that no problem has arisen since we last examined him/her, which could affect their tolerance of the anaesthetic. You will be asked to sign a consent form- a legal document similar to human medicine permitting us to perform an anaesthetic on your pet. We ask you to sign an anaesthetic consent form, not because we fear the worst but to emphasise that the procedure does carry some risk and that you have been made aware of these. You can rest assured that your pet will be monitored carefully throughout the procedure and the recovery period.
You will also be offered the option of a pre- anaesthetic blood test, which is done in the hospital before the operation. This gives us important information on your pet’s kidney and liver function – the organs which will process the anaesthetic. In younger animals we would expect them to be normal but there are exceptions. While physical examination tells us a lot about your pet’s health it doesn’t tell us everything. We would urge all pet owners to consider pre-anaesthetic blood testing, but particularly in animals over 6 years of age.
Prior to surgery, your pet will get a premedication injection, this is usually a sedative and an analgesic and will help to relax them. This combination ensures that your dog will not worry and will be relaxed and laid back although still awake and aware of his surroundings. Shortly after this they will have an IV line placed, through which they will get their anaesthetic- just like human medicine. Throughout their operation they will receive a gas anaesthetic through a tube in their throat-an ET tube- just like human medicine!
Our surgery nurse monitors our patients throughout surgery and until they have recovered completely from the anaesthetic. Every pet is wrapped up warmly as they recover in their kennel. We contact owners once surgery is complete and your pet is awake - we know how worrying it is when your pet is having an operation.
When your pet is ready to go home, a member of our veterinary team will go through any discharge instructions with you. This will generally include guidelines for feeding, exercise and any special instructions, for instance if your pet has a bandage. Ur team will explain what you should look out for and we will encourage you to contact us if you are concerned in any way. Some surgeries require your pet to wear a buster collar, otherwise known as the cone of shame. If stitches are in place, we will make an appointment for you to return with your pet to have them removed.
We are always on the end of the phone, should you need advice after your pets surgery. Before you leave we will make an appointment for your pet to come back to Palmerstown veterinary hospital for a post-op check.