Anaesthetics and Surgeries


It is quite common practice for patients to come in to have surgeries or procedures that require a general anaesthetic.


What to expect for you and your pet?

Generally surgeries are day procedures which means your pet needs to arrive between 8-8.30 a.m. that morning. We ask that your pet is fed like normal the night before, but remove their food at 8p.m. Water can remain in overnight but needs to be removed that morning when you wake up.

All patients are given the option to have a pre-anaesthetic blood test, and we strongly recommend this for any patients over the age of 7. This is to check their kidney and liver function, among other things is ok  and can be performed at the clinic with immediate results that morning.

Once you arrive...

One of our veterinary nurses will spend 10 minutes going through some details with you, and we will ask that you sign a consent form indicating you are happy for us to give your animal an anaesthetic and perform whatever they are being admitted for.

Your dog will then be brought into our treatment room where one of our vets will perform a full physical examination. We will also collect a small amount of blood to perform a basic blood test that checks your animal Packed Cell Volume(PCV) and Total Protein(TP)- these are basic indicators that help to ensure your pet is fit for anaesthesia. At this stage we will give your pet some medication to essentially sedate them- this will help relieve any anxiety they feel as well as offer solid pain relief.

They will then go into a designated cage with a blanket in the treatment room, meaning they will be in our vision all day.

Prior to surgery being performed we place a drip in all patients meaning that we can provide intravenous fluids and ensure we have a rapid method of delivering medications so we desire. This is one important way of minimising anaesthetic risk to your pet.

During surgery a veterinary nurse is always with your pet monitoring them to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. The same nurse will then stay with your pet until they have woken up.

Afternoon procedure...

We generally recommend that you pick up your pet around 3-4p.m. depending on the surgery, and the day. At this point we will fix up any outstanding accounts and our nurse or vets will go through any home instructions as well as provide you with written instructions. Your pet may have medications to go home on as well that we will provide.

Why we feel that you should bring your pet to us...

Here at Pittsworth we feel that we perform our surgeries and anaesthetics a very high standard. Some factors that we include in our procedures to make sure that risk is minimal include;

  • Basic blood checks are performed on all patients, and pre-anaesthetic blood tests are recommended on all patients over 7yo. These can be performed quickly in house on the morning of the procedure.

  • All patients are given an intravenous fluid line, and have fluids during the procedure.

  • We use the safest sedatives and anaesthetic medications on the market- these may not always be the cheapest options however we feel that the safety provided by using these drugs makes for less risk for your pet.

  • We have a large range of monitoring equipment to check your patients oxygen levels, heart beat, blood pressure and temperature.

  • All patients are actively kept warm throughout the procedure, and during recovery.

  • We have a designated surgery nurse that is with patients during the entire procedure and wake-up

  • All patients are sent home with an E-collar to prevent licking of wounds

  • Stitch removal is a FREE procedure that we suggest 10 days after the surgery, and also includes a wound check.