By Dr Fiona Pearson
and protocol used will then depend on what procedure your pet is getting. For longer procedures, your pet then gets a drug straight into the vein that makes them fall asleep so we can place a tube down their wind pipe to give them a gaseous anaesthetic. Shorter procedures just involve an injection into the muscle.
Does my pet need to be fasted?
Yes. Your pet can have dinner as normal the night before (before 8pm) but after they’ve eaten take their food away so
Should I bath them before?
Ideally your dog should have a bath sometime in the few days before surgery especially if they love rolling around in the mud. We want your pet as clean and dry as possible when they come to us to decrease the bacteria around that can potentially cause infection. Cats are usually great at keeping themselves clean so they don’t normally need a bath, phew!
What if they’re on long term medication, do I give this as normal?
I’ve been asked about pre-anaesthetic tests, why does my pet need these?
We always recommend pre-anaesthetic blood tests to screen for some potential diseases that could make your pets procedure more risky. A really common disease up here is tick fever (Babesia and Anaplasma). Tick fever can
decrease your pet’s red blood cells and or platelets and often they haven’t shown you any signs that they are sick! If your pet has tick fever, we can detect this with our pre-anaesthetic blood test and we would then recommend