What should I do before I come in?
Please give your pet a small meal the night before their operation, but take all their food away after 8pm. Leave out plenty of water for them.
Bring your pet to the clinic between 8am and 9am in the morning. We can overnight them the night before surgery at no extra cost if this is more convenient for you. Other drop off times can also be arranged if necessary. You can pick your pet up in the afternoon after 3pm (by appointment).
Anything else we can do for your pet whilst they are anaesthetised? Let us know as it is often a good time to microchip them while they cannot feel the needle. Nail clipping and ear plucking is complimentary with the surgery.
What are the benefits of desexing my pet?
- Reduces the amount of wandering.
- Reduces the amount of urine spraying
- Reduces antisocial behaviours, including leg mounting
- Reduces the incidence of cancer and disease of the sex organs
- Reduces the number of unwanted kittens and puppies
- It also has many indirect benefits. For example, because they wander less they are less likely to get hit by cars.
Is the surgery painful?
At Pets and Vets, we use modern and effective pain relief protocols to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible. These are all included with any operation performed here. We do offer optional take-home pain relief in the form of a ‘comfort package’, which is on the next page.
Is it safe?
We use the same anaesthetics as used in human hospitals and Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital. For added safety, we recommend the ‘comfort package’ which includes fluids and indwelling intravenous catheterisation of your pet during their operation.
What should I do when I bring my pet home?
Have a nice warm quiet place for them to rest- they have had a big day! They will probably need to have a sleep once they get home. Try to avoid stairs or walking near dangerous areas such as pools on the first day. For the next 10 days, you need to keep them dry, keep them as clean as possible (but no baths!) and rest them as much as possible. Bring your pet in after 10 days so that we can check the wound, make sure it’s healthy, and remove the stitches (all inclusive in the desexing price).
What can be done to make my pet’s operation safer and more comfortable?
1. Give your pet the comfort package
The comfort package includes 3 days of take home painkillers, an Elizabethan collar to stop your pet from licking their stitches, an indwelling intravenous catheter during their surgery, and intravenous fluids during their surgery.
Having a catheter placed during surgery allows instant intravenous access in case of an emergency, meaning that life-saving drugs can be administered more quickly.
Intravenous fluids keep your pet’s blood pressure up during surgery. They have been shown to make operations safer and reduce post-operative recovery time. This is standard in human surgeries. The price has been greatly reduced for our surgical patients.
2. Get a pre-anaesthetic blood test performed
All of our patents receive a comprehensive physical examination prior to their anaesthetic. A blood test on the day of their surgery checks their liver and kidneys to make sure they are functioning well enough for your pet to cope with an anaesthetic. It gives you peace of mind that your pet’s anaesthetic will be as safe as possible. It is a necessary requirement for all patients over 7 years of age. This is standard in human surgeries as well.
What else can be done whilst my pet is under anaesthetic?
- We include nail clipping and ear plucking free of charge.
- We can microchip your pet, and it is a discounted rate ($50.00 save $20) for our surgery patients.
- It is a good time to get their vaccination and heartworm needles up to date at the same time.
- Your pet gets a physical exam prior to their anaesthetic – please raise any health queries you have to the nurse on admittance.
It’s also a good time to pick up anything else you need for your pet, including worming tablets, tick prevention, or some special treats after their operation!
Please call us with any questions you may have before their surgery.