Prior to Surgery or Diagnostic/Therapeutic Procedures
To ensure your pet can properly process and eliminate an anaesthetic, we run tests to confirm that your pet’s organs are functioning properly and to find hidden health conditions that could put your pet at risk.
Pre Surgical Blood Work: Like you, our greatest concern is the well-being of your pet. Before putting your pet under anaesthesia, we will perform a full physical examination. However, many conditions, including disorders of the liver, kidneys or blood, are not detected unless blood testing is performed. Such tests are especially important before any kind of surgery. For these reasons, we highly recommend blood screening before such procedures.
On your pet's admission day you will be asked Yes/ No to have pre-surgical blood work testing on your pet.
Fluid Therapy Intra-Operatively: While your pet is under anaesthesia, a variety of effects are produced from the anaesthetic drugs and surgical procedures. These effects include low blood pressure, decreased blood flow to the kidneys and other organs and water loss.
The benefits of fluid replacement while under a general anaesthetic include the following: faster recovery times, preventing dehydration, decreasing the risk of low blood pressure, maintaining organ function (especially kidneys), clearing the anaesthetic drugs from the system and having intravenous access in the case of an emergency. For younger, healthy animals, intravenous fluids while under surgery are considered optional, but for animals over the age of 6, or with a concurrent medical illness, intra-operative fluids are required.
On your pet's day of admission you will be asked Yes/ No to have intra-operative fluids administered to your pet.
Microchipping: Each year thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters and humane societies across North America. Some of these animals never make it home because they can’t be identified.
Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner, via a Lost Pet Recovery Service. Collar tags can break or become unreadable and tattooing can become illegible. So, if you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe in case it were to go missing, microchipping is your best option.
Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted by a vet just beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving a vaccination through a needle and is painless to pets. Most animals don’t even react when the microchip is implanted. Once implanted the microchip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification.
Before a Scheduled Anaesthesia
The evening prior to the scheduled anaesthesia, please withhold food after 8 o’clock pm and water after 6 o’clock the morning of the surgery.
If your pet is currently taking medications, please notify a veterinary health care professional upon admittance.
Please drop off your pet at the hospital between 8 and 8:30 the morning of surgery and be prepared to sign a consent form and leave a contact number. In addition, your dog should be walked just prior to hospital admittance. This allows your pet to get a bit of exercise as well as alleviate him/herself prior to the surgery.
When you come to pick up your pet, a veterinary health care professional will review detailed discharge instructions and answer any questions you may have.