Pets undergoing a general anaesthetic or sedation will need to have an empty stomach on admission. Please fast your pet from
Please note: rabbits and guinea pigs should not be fasted for surgery. If they have a particular diet they like to eat, please bring a little bit in for their pre & post surgery grazing.
If your pet is on medication, please consult the veterinarian prior to the surgery date to confirm if any changes are required.
If your pet has experienced any illness in the week or so leading up to surgery, no matter how minor, please advise us during the admission appointment. Please let us know if there is any chance your pet may have ingested rat or mouse baits (this can interfere with normal blood clotting).
Females on Heat
Please be aware that female cats and dogs that are currently on heating, or have been on heat in the past month, should ideally wait 6 weeks after finishing before undergoing their desexing procedure. There is a risk of hormonal complications if done during this window.
Signs of a female being on heat are:
- Bloody discharge from the vulva
- Swollen Vulva
- Licking between legs
- Change in behaviour
Please phone the clinic to discuss if you have any questions regarding your pet being on heat.
Dogs – On a lead attached to a collar or harness
Cats – In a comfortable carry box
If possible, please bring in an early morning urine sample from your pet. We test this in-house before their procedure to check their hydration, as well as how well their kidneys are functioning. If you don’t have a suitable container at home, we would be happy to provide one at no charge.
Admission time is usually scheduled for between 7.30am and 9.00am with a nurse. We will book a set admission time with one of our qualified nurses for the morning of your pet’s surgery. For this appointment time, we ask clients to allow 15 minutes for the admission process so the nurse on duty can complete all necessary paperwork with you, conduct a pre-operative check on your pet, and answer any questions you may have.
Most pets undergoing routine procedures such as dentals and desexing usually go home the same day, whilst those undergoing larger procedures may need to stay overnight. Please call after 3.00pm on the afternoon of your pet’s procedure to check if your pet can go home that evening. On discharge the nurse will go over your pet’s medications (if applicable) and post-operative instructions. Again, we ask clients to allow 15 minutes for the discharge consultation to ensure we have enough time to go over at home care for your pet post-surgery.
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call on (02) 9960 2856. We look forward to seeing you and your pet soon!
Last updated on 16 February 2021
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