Anaesthesia and Surgery
Surgery takes place in our dedicated operating theatre. Just as with a human surgeon, our surgeons always use a cap, mask, sterile gown and gloves for all theatre procedures. This means that our post-operative infection rate is extremely small, and well below average.
A staff member trained and qualified to monitor anaesthesia is assigned to each patient on a one to one basis at all times during the anaesthetic and until your pet has recovered from the anaesthetic. We are able to electronically monitor blood pressure, ECG, breathing rate and temperature constantly. We use the safest established drug protocol available for anaesthesia - drugs which are used for human anaesthesia - with a wide range of drug protocols tailored for each individual patient. We use a variety of potent pain killing drugs before during and after surgery to keep pain after the surgery to an absolute minimum, and speed recovery further. All this contributes to our excellent anaesthetic safety record.
Before every anaesthetic procedure we advise that we should set up an intravenous drip to ensure that the procedure is as safe as possible for your pet and that his or her recovery is as comfortable and rapid as possible. In many cases we also advise that we run a pre-anaesthetic blood test in our on-site laboratory to ensure that our patients are healthy and fit for anaesthesia. Please discuss these issues with our staff.
Before any procedure we email or post owners detailed information explaining what will happen, what the risks are, how to prepare your pet for anaesthesia, and what we can do make it all as safe as possible. When you collect your pet from the practice after an anaesthetic you will be given a follow-up appointment to see a vet or a nurse. We will explain every aspect of post operative care in detail, and issue a written guide for you to refer back to.