Anaesthesia protocols are different for every patient. This means that your pet requires a tailored plan for each time they require an anaesthetic to ensure the best outcome.
When your pet is admitted to hospital, will be asked to sign an anaesthesia consent form. This form has several questions, which we will talk through with you on the day.
The questions include:
- When was the last time your pet ate food and drank water?
- Would you like pre-anaesthetic blood testing?
- In the event of a medical emergency, we require your pre-approval to resuscitate your pet?
To ensure that we minimise chances of your pet vomiting during the procedure, we ask that you feed your pet a normal meal no later than 8pm the night before and remove access to water before 7am.
As with humans, there are risks associated with sedation and anaesthesia. To minimise these risks, our vets perform a health check prior to your pet’s procedure,
We ask on the admission form if you would like your pet to have pre-anaesthetic blood testing. By taking blood and running it on our in-house diagnostic machines, we are able to assess your pet’s health status prior to giving them any medications.
Regardless of age and visual health status, it is ideal to obtain a minimum database of your pet’s health whilst your pet appears to be healthy. This helps to identify trends and changes when your pet is not well. More so, it is important to perform blood testing if your pet is sick, elderly, or compromised.
We use the very latest in anaesthesia drugs and techniques to ensure that your pet has the smoothest stay in hospital. Our staff also undertake regular training to keep up-to-date with the latest improvements in veterinary anaesthesia.
If you are unsure about anything at all, please speak to one of our veterinarians to clarify your concerns before we proceed with the anaesthesia.
We are here to help and guide you through your pets visit to our hospital.