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Pre-Surgery Information

If your pet is going to have surgery, then you will find information on this page regarding:

Preparation - The night before the surgery and the admission procedure

Reducing the risks of anaesthesia - Optimum Care Options at Dandenong Veterinary Hospital

Anaesthesia - What happens?

Post-surgery Information


Preparation - The night before the surgery and the admission procedure



Your pet should have NO FOOD after 8:00pm the night prior to the scheduled surgical appointment. Your pet is allowed to have water overnight, however please remove water first thing in the morning. Rabbits and small pocket pets are an exception to this rule, they require little or no fasting, we will advise you when booking of their specific needs.

We request that you bring your pet into the hospital between 8:00am and 9:00am. We prefer to have admission times booked to ensure admissions run smoothly and wait times are reduced. If it is more suitable, you may leave your pet with us between 4:00pm - 7:30pm the night before. There is no extra charge for this overnight stay. We will organise fasting of your pet if they stay overnight with us.

Please Note: All patients must be up-to-date with vaccination. If your pet has not been vaccinated with us here, please bring a vaccine card as evidence of current vaccination status. If your pet is overdue, they can have their vaccination given prior to the surgery day or on the day of surgery (normal vaccination costs will be incurred).

Please allow 10 minutes for the Admission procedure when dropping your pet off for surgery. This allows us to confirm contact details and discuss any questions regarding the surgery. It is important that you are contactable at all times on the phone number(s) you confirm with us.

As a general rule, your pet should be able to go home between 4.00pm and 7.00pm on the day of surgery. Please telephone after 3.00pm to find out how your pet is progressing. Some surgeries require your pet to stay overnight following the procedure. We will inform you if this is the case.

Reducing the risks of anaesthesia

Dandenong Veterinary Hospital continually strives to educate our clients about the options that are available in providing the optimum surgical and medical care for your very important family members. We have formulated the following recommendations for all animals undergoing general anaesthesia.


Pre-anaesthetic blood testing


A pre-anaesthetic blood test can provide a lot of information about the internal functions of the body. Patients older than 7 years are in a higher risk category for anaesthetic complications. Diseases of the kidneys, liver and blood may only be detectable by blood tests. Younger patients also benefit from a pre-anaesthetic blood test. A more comprehensive General Health Profile (GHP) is recommended for patients over 10 years of age. Some procedures will have a mandatory requirement for this blood test, however it is available (and recommended) for all patients undergoing an anaesthetic. 

Intravenous Fluids (IVF's)

Intravenous fluids are very important in supporting the body's blood pressure whilst patients are under an anaesthetic. When a patient is anaesthetised, the blood pressure drops significantly as the blood vessels relax. This reduces the blood flow (tissue perfusion) to all tissues of the body. Many organs are susceptible to reduced blood flow, particularly the heart, kidneys and liver. Most procedures will have a mandatory requirement for IVF's however it is available (and recommended) for all patients undergoing an anaesthetic. Patients on IVF's make a noticeably quicker recovery, with reduced post-anaesthetic drowsiness and nausea. 

Intravenous Fluids  
Advanced Anaesthetic monitoring

We have further methods of reducing anaesthetic risk. We have a state-of-art anaesthetic machine which is used for most procedues, and is able to monitor heart rate and rhythm (electrocariograph - see below), respiration rate, oxygen saturation of the blood, and expired carbon dioxide in the breath.

Electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring detects otherwise subtle heart irregularities before they become serious. It records the electrical activity of the heart and gives a trace such as the one featured in the picture.

Doppler Blood Pressure (BP) monitoring uniquely identifies the effects of anaesthesia and enhances management of anaesthtic depth. This is used for elderly or high risk patients.

ECG strip  
Anaesthesia - What happens

Anaesthesia involves a large variation in drugs and equipment for optimum patient and veterinary team safety. The anaesthesia process is tailored by the veterinarian to both the patient's health condition as well as the surgical procedure involved.

We plan to make a descriptive photo-series of what a standard anaesthetic protocol covers, so come back and check for this interesting future addition.

Post Surgery Information
  Please visit ourSurgery Care: Post Surgery Information page.  
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