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At HVC we understand that surgery for your pet can be an anxious and stressful experience for both of you. This is why we have created protocols that ensure your pet’s surgical procedure is as comfortable and as stress free as possible.
We will provide you with a clear understanding of:
A nurse will call you the night before admission to confirm your appointment and answer any concerns you may have before surgery.
Admission for surgery is between 8am and 10am and a particular time will be made for you to ensure the morning flows smoothly. The admission process will take the nurse 5-10 mins to go through all relevant details with you.
Once admitted to hospital your pets vital signs will be check to determine their health condition before surgery. The most important being the clarity of their heart and lungs and their temperature.
All animals having a gas anaesthetic will be placed on intravenous fluid therapy during and after their procedure. This enables a safer anaesthetic; it helps maintain blood pressure, prevents dehydration and facilitates speedy delivery of pain relief and medications after surgery.
We highly recommend a small sample of blood is taken to perform a pre-anaesthetic blood test which will help reflect the internal health of your pet. This has been a highly successful procedure we have implemented as it has diagnosed health conditions that we were unaware of previously.
These combined practices as well as our team of experienced staff monitoring your pet allow us todeliver the safest anaesthetic possible.
Here at Hamilton Veterinary Clinic we strive to use the most modern techniques and equipment for the ultimate care of your pets.
Once anaesthetized a trained nurse is always in attendance of your pet to safely monitor the anaesthetic. We also utilize specialist equipment such as a pulse oximeter, which measure heart rate and oxygen levels in the blood. We also use ECG machines, which records the electrical rhythm of the heart, and a Doppler blood pressure monitor.
On recovery the nurse that monitored your pet during surgery will call you when they are stable and assure you of their recovery and discuss the details of the procedure and discharge time.
For any procedures except a routine desexing your pet will be discharged by a vet and they will explain all of the aftercare information that you will need to know to care for your pet at home. You will also go home with an information sheet outlining aftercare instructions.
If your pet is schedule to have surgery you will need to know:
Once your pet is discharged from our clinic there is some after care information that you should know.
If you have any queries regarding post surgery care for your pet please contact our clinic and one of our friendly veterinary nurses will endeavour to answer your questions to your understanding.
WE AT HAMILTON VETERINARY CLINIC PRIDE OURSELVES ON THE ARRAY OF PROCEDURES WE CAN OFFER OUR PATIENTS.
I so appreciate the wonderful and knowledgeable staff. Skilled, attentive and caring - thanks Dr Chris for your kind and thoughtful handling of a difficult decision!
Meri M. / Hamilton, New South Wales