We offer FREE pre-neuter consultations, which include a complete physical examination. This is to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for the general anaesthetic, to discuss any anaesthetic risks that might exist and whether pre-anaesthetic blood testing may be needed, and to discuss any other concerns you may have.
Pre-anaesthetic blood testing for routine healthy patients coming in for a neuter is optional as it is unlikely to pick up a problem if your pet is physically well. HOWEVER there are situations when we would strongly advise that a blood test be performed, especially in breeds at risk of certain conditions, e.g. kidney disease in Boxers or liver shunts in Yorkshire Terriers. You can find more information in our pre-operative guidelines.
Your pet will initially be given a “pre-med” injection – this is a combination of a sedative and a pain-killer, which helps calm them down and starts getting them sleepy, and also ensures that pain relief is in place before we even start the procedure.
Once the pre-med has made them dozy, they will have an intravenous catheter placed, usually in one of the front legs. The catheter is an important safety measure – it allows us to deliver just the right amount of anaesthetic needed, also to deliver any fluids that might be needed for anaesthetic support, and gives us immediate intravenous access for any emergency drugs to be given in case of (thankfully, rare!) complications.
Intravenous anaesthetic is administered through the catheter. We then insert a breathing tube into your pet’s trachea (windpipe) which is connected to the anaesthetic machine and allows your pet to breathe a combination of oxygen and anaesthetic gas – this keeps them under general anaesthesia during surgery.
We generally use buried stitches to close the skin wounds, so there are no stitches on the surface of the skin. In combination with plenty of pain relief, this results in less interference with the wounds so it’s less likely that your pet will open up the wound by licking or chewing.
Your pet will be discharged the same afternoon. They may seem a little more tired than usual (though most are just as bouncy as when they came in!) but they should be completely back to normal by the following morning.
Your pet will be sent home with pain killers to be used over the next few days. We shall also provide you with an Elizabethan/buster collar to use if your pet seems at risk of licking the wound excessively – we would always recommend you use the collar overnight or at other times when your pet is unsupervised.
We shall schedule a post-operative check in 2-3 days’ time to check the wound and make sure there have been no complications with the recovery period. A final wound check will be scheduled for 10 days post-surgery.
DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC one or both of these post pop checks may take place remotely using photography/ video.
All of this (except for the blood test) is included in the cost of the surgery – we believe it’s important to keep your pet as safe and comfortable as possible, so we don’t cut corners.
If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us – we all want to make this procedure as easy and stress-free for your pet as we can!
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