Prior to undergoing the anaesthesia, our vets will perform a thorough physical examination on your pet. We have Idexx in-house biochemistry and haematology machines so we can run a pre-anaesthetic blood test on the spot. Our vets will use this information to customise the best and safest anaesthetic and pain-management plan for your pet. Each pet has their own unique requirements!
Once a vet has determined that we can safely proceed, an intravenous catheter will be placed into a vein. This not only allows us to give your pet medications, but it also enables us to provide intravenous fluid therapy – which supports blood pressure and hydration. A pre-medication will then be given prior to starting the general anaesthesia – this contains a sedative to relax your pet as well as a strong pain killer.
Another injection will then be given to induce the anaesthesia. During this time, your pet will fall asleep and become unconscious. This means your pet will not feel any pain during the procedure and won’t even remember it happening! An endotracheal tube will be placed in your pet’s airways to allow us to deliver oxygen and anaesthetic gas.