We understand that your loved pet's surgery is a concern to you so our goal is to keep you fully informed and to take as much care as we would with our own pets.

On your pet's surgery day you will need to sign our admission form ensuring we have accurate information about your pet's health and your expectations for the day's treatment including accurate contact details so we can keep you informed on the day.

The night before your pet's surgery we ask that all food and treats are withheld after 9 pm. Water may be left available. If your pet is medicated with pills, don't administer the morning dose unless instructed otherwise.

The morning of surgery, your pet should be dropped off between 7:45 am and 8:15 am unless other arrangements have been made. Please allow approximately 5-10 minutes for the drop off time. A Veterinary Nurse will go through the Admission form with you and answer any questions.

Our skilled surgical nurses are very involved in your pet's care from placing catheters, setting up fluids, taking blood samples, xrays, anaesthetic monitoring and post surgical monitoring so can answer most of your queries or concerns.

Surgeries are normally performed between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. You are welcome to check up on your pet's status form 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Normally one of our surgical nurses will give you a call as soon as your pet's procedure is finished. At this time we can give you an idea when your pet can be discharged if an appointment hasn't already been made.

At the time of discharge we will discuss the post operative care and give you a written discharge form to take home also. If you are unsure about any details please don't hesitate to ask.

We hope we can make the surgery day a comfortable experience. We know how a surgery visit can be an anxious time so we are always available to discuss any questions about the upcoming procedure. We will care for your pet as if it were our own.

Anaesthesia, Monitoring and Pain Management

At Whangaparaoa Veterinary Centre most patients receive a preanaesthetic injection which includes pain relief and sedation. They then receive an intravenous anaesthetic to induce anaesthesia. This is safe and offers a fast and smooth recovery. Once asleep they are intubated (insertion of a tube into the windpipe). This allows careful control of safe anaesthetic depth with a gas called isoflurane.

A trained Veterinary Nurse is constantly monitoring the patient. This is aided by advanced monitoring equipment that can give us feedback on critical vital signs such as core temperature, respiration rate, heart rate, ECG pattern, oxygen levels in the blood. With this technology we can pick up changes before they become serious.

Our clinic strongly believes in quality pain relief for our pets. As a result all our patients receive pain relief before and after surgery. Pain relief medication may also need to be given at home. Good pain relief means a quicker recovery.

Preanaesthetic Blood Testing (Optional extra on Admission Form)

Before putting pets under anaesthesia their current state of health is important. We routinely perform a physical exam but this doesn't always provide the full picture. We highly recommend a preanaesthetic blood profile be run on pets prior to anaesthesia to maximize safety. This is particularly important if your pet hasn't had a blood test for some time, is older than seven or "not it's normal self".

The surgeon may be alerted to such things as dehydration, anaemia, infection, diabetes or liver or kidney disease that could complicate the procedure. If a problem is detected the safest regime can be used or the procedure delayed.

This blood test can also be a useful baseline to compare future health changes.

Intravenous Catheterisation and Fuids (Optional extra on Admission Form)

We highly recommend the placement of intravenous catheters and fluids during all anaesthetic procedures. This allows us to have quick available access to the circulation in case of an unforeseen emergency. The fluids will help provide support to the circulatory system, prevent dehydration and aid quicker recovery from anaesthesia. For long procedures fluids are mandatory.

Other Procedures

During an anaesthetic, to maximize the opportunity, you may wish to have other minor procedures done such as microchipping, dental scale, lump removal, ear clean etc so please consider this opportunity before arriving at the clinic.

It is important to remember that there is always a risk of surgical and anaesthetic complications with any procedure as there is with humans. At Whangaparaoa Veterinary Centre we are proud of our record in this regard and like to take all precautions to ensure the best outcome for your pet.