Pet Admissions and Discharges
If you are admitting your pet for a procedure, here is an overview of what you should expect from our hospital team.
Preparing for Your Pet's Admission
Admissions for day procedures are generally scheduled between 8.00 am and 10.00 am weekdays. Please note that wherever possible, we prefer all necessary admission information and paperwork to be completed via phone consultation prior to your pet's admission date.
The goals of this "Virtual Pre-Admission" are to ensure you have been fully informed about the procedure your pet is being admitted for beforehand. It will also give you enough time to read through the documentation and ask any questions you might still have. This "Virtual Pre-Admission" call must be organised at the time of booking and takes around 15 minutes. Please make sure you are available to take that call at the scheduled time.
Bringing Your Pet into the Clinic
Please ensure your pets are appropriately restrained when entering our facility. All cats must be in a carrier and dogs must be on a leash at all times.
If your pet's procedure involves sedation or anaesthesia, you will need to fast your pet from 10.00pm the night before. This means no food or treats from that time onward. Free access to water is allowed at all times. Fasting is required for all cats and dogs.
We perform a full clinical exam on all patients prior to anaesthesia.This includes checking heart and lung function, temperature, and oral health. We also look for any other external abnormalities such as lumps or evidence of skin disease.
If we do come across anything we're concerned about, we will notify you at that time.
Procedures that involve sedation and / or anaesthesia include:
- X-Rays (depending on what views we need)
- CT Scans
- MRI Scans
- Ultrasounds (case-dependent)
- Dental Procedures
Pre-Anaesthetic Blood Testing
Although we perform a thorough external examination of your pet before administering anaesthetic drugs, this does not give us the full picture of your pet's overall health. Pre-anaesthetic blood tests give us vital information about your pet's internal health, including kidney and liver function. We also look for signs of anemia, infection and inflammation amongst other things, all of which could potentially cause complications during the procedure.
Pre-anaesthetic blood tests are recommended for pets of all ages and not just seniors.
Our Anaesthetic Protocols
For your peace of mind we only use Gold Standard anaesthesia methods for all our surgical procedures, including desexing.
Some of these are:
- Hot air blankets and / or heat pads
- Heated inhalation gas circuits to maintain body temperature
- IV fluids to maintain vital blood pressure
- Electronic monitoring
- Dedicated anaesthesia nurse throughout
- Post-operative recovery monitoring
Included in our anaesthetic protocol is the provision for appropriate before, during and after pain relief medications as indicated by the procedure.
One of our hospital team staff will be in touch with you during the day to organise a discharge time for your pet. We will contact you when your pet is in recovery.