Make sure your pet has not eaten anything (fasted) at least 12 hours before surgery. This prevents regurgitation of food and related complications during anaesthesia.
Your cat can still have access to water until you leave for the clinic.
Bring any medications your pet is taking (including herbal remedies). Ensure your cat has not had access to rodenticide (rat-bait) or rodents who have access to rodenticide in the 6 weeks prior to surgery.
Ensure you inform clinic staff if your pet seems unwell prior to the anaesthesia or if they have had changes in their appetite or drinking.
Consider taking along a favorite toy or blanket.
Ask questions if you don’t understand what’s being done or why. Surgery can be complicated, so it’s important to know all you can about your pet’s health
Is there some risk associated with surgery?
There are always risks associated with surgery and general anaesthesia but these disciplines are constantly evolving in an attempt to make procedures safer for the patient.
The risks involved with surgery include adverse reaction to general anaesthesia, swelling, bruising, infection and excessive bleeding. Although you should be aware of the possible risks of any surgical procedure, you can rest assured that we do everything in our power to ensure the safety of patients under our care..
Why should my pet have a blood test before surgery? (We will always offer you an optional blood test before dentistry or surgery).
If your pet is having dental work or surgery, it’s important to run blood work primarily to ensure your pet can properly process and eliminate anesthesia.
Preanesthetic testing helps us understand whether your pet’s vital organs are functioning properly, which can help us create an individualized anesthetic plan for your pet and avoid potential complications during or after surgery.
Regardless of why your pet is being anesthetized, preanesthetic testing establishes a baseline for their individual health, which is helpful for future reference.
What information will the results of my pet’s blood work show?
Kidney results and electrolytes indicate whether your pet is properly hydrated. Results will also reveal whether they have kidney disease, Addison’s disease, urinary obstruction and other related risks.
Liver results can tell us if your pet has diabetes, hypoglycemia, Cushing’s syndrome, hyperthyroidism, metabolic disease and more. Liver results may also show if there’s any residual toxicity in your pet’s system.
A Packed Cell Volume(PCV / spun HCT) shows if your pet has anemia or polycythaemia.
Occasionally we may recommend an in-depth blood test which is sent away to Brisbane.