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Leaving Your Pet for an Operation

chinchillaWe all know how worrying it is when your animal is booked in for an operation and you know you are going to have to leave your beloved pet for the day.  The guilt starts the night before when all food has to be removed and you can only allow water from about 9.00pm.  After your sleepless night of worrying, you have to meet those sorrowful brown eyes in the morning whilst you are tucking into your cornflakes and their stomach is rumbling!

After the stressful journey in the car, you arrive at the vets, sign a form and then leave.  That’s when we take over and we do everything to ensure the day is as stress free and as safe as possible for your pet.

The animal is weighed so we can ensure an accurate dose of anaesthetic.  Many animals will have a pre-anaesthetic blood test as part of their overall check over.  This test checks liver and kidney function to ensure these organs are not showing signs of any problems.  After a thorough check, animals are placed in an individual kennel complete with a cosy vet bed.

Guinea pigsAbout 30 minutes before the anaesthetic they have a pre-med.  This is a combination of a sedative drug and a painkiller and it helps settle the animal and means we can use less anaesthetic.  Once the pre-med has worked, we take the animal from the kennel room into the prep room where they will be anaesthetised.  This usually involves administering an intra-venous anaesthetic called Propofol.  This works very quickly so the animal does not have time to get stressed.  Once asleep, we put a breathing tube into the windpipe and attach it to an anaesthetic machine.  This administers oxygen and anaesthetic to keep your animal asleep during its procedure.

The veterinary nurse keeps a very close eye on your animal’s anaesthetic.   She will keep a note of its heart rate and respiratory rate throughout and uses special checks to assess how deep under the anaesthetic your pet is.  If she thinks the anaesthetic is too deep, the amount of anaesthetic your pet breathes in can be reduced.

Whether your pet is in for major surgery, an x-ray or dental, the anaesthetic is closely monitored until your pet is awake, has had its breathing tube removed and is sitting up in its kennel waiting to be collected by Mum or Dad.

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