Preparing your pet for surgery...
1. Fast 12 hours before
Animals can vomit whilst being put under, or when waking up from a general anaesthetic.And because anaesthetic drugs also “switch off” the swallowing reflex, any fluid or substance vomited out can then be inhaled into the lungs. Therefore, no food can be given after 8pm the night before, and no breakfast either!
2. Water should be given
Hydration is very important, however, and so water should be continually refreshed and made available. Once your pet comes into the clinic, water will be withheld so that whatever water is in the stomach will be allowed to empty in preparation for surgery.
3. Keep your pet indoors the night before
Cats especially, are able to sense danger and so often run away the night before. Or they become really difficult to locate or catch in the morning. So keep them in so you know where they are and don’t have to chase them around the house.
4. Notify to us of any current medication or supplements your pet is on
If your animal is being medicated, especially if it’s a long-term type of medication, you must let us know.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call at 0474/747.748