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What happens when your pet needs an operation?

Pet surgery, operations, neutering, spaying, collar

Pets coming in to Carton Vet Clinic in Maynooth for surgery are typically fasted from 8pm the night before. There is no need to withhold water until the morning of the surgery. Try to ensure your pet’s coat is relatively clean as this will reduce the risk of contamination during surgery.

On the morning of the surgery one of our team will admit your pet. You will be asked to sign a consent form which permits us to give your pet a general anaesthetic and perform the relevant procedure. You will also be offered the option of a pre- anaesthetic blood test, which is done in the clinic before the operation. This gives us important information on your pet’s kidney and liver function – the organs which will process the anaesthetic.

In younger animals we would expect them to be normal but over the years we have seen exceptions. While physical examination tells us a lot about a pet’s health it doesn’t tell us everything. We would urge all pet owners to consider pre-anaesthetic blood testing, but in particular in pets over 7 years of age.

Pet surgery, operations, neutering, spaying, collarAfter your pet has been admitted the vet will perform a check up. Your pet will then get a premedication injection which will relax them. Shortly after they will have an IV line placed through which they will get their anaesthetic- just like human medicine.

Throughout their operation they will receive a gas anaesthetic through a tube in their throat, an ET tube, just like human medicine! Our nurse monitors your pet throughout surgery and until they have recovered completely from the anaesthetic. Every pet is wrapped up warmly after surgery, sometimes even with a good old fashioned hot water bottle, as they recover in their kennel.

We perform many surgeries each day in Carton Veterinary Clinic in Maynooth. Surgery can range from neuters (spays and castrations) to removing suspect tumours and even some orthopaedic surgery. We know it is worrying having a pet in for surgery – even for something minor. We will keep you informed with progress but feel free to phone at any time if you are worried.

What to expect after an operation?

Pet surgery, neutering, spayingWe aim to get most pets home the same evening as their surgery. Your pet may be a little sleepier than normal the night of their surgery. However it is not unusual for owners comment how bright and well their dog or cat is after surgery. This is because we use the best anaesthetic protocols and pain management allowing our patients to return home sooner, brighter and happier.

Often pet owners forget that we need to shave our patient’s hair in order to take blood samples, place IV lines and do surgery! It is necessary for sterility and doesn’t take long to grow back! Most patients leave us wearing an elizabethan collar – the famous cone of shame! We do urge owners to leave these collars on as pets can sometimes pull out stitches, resulting in visits to the emergency clinic and another anaesthetic.

Our nurse will dispense any medication that is needed and talk you through any discharge instructions. Every pet will be booked in for a post op check and for their stitches to be removed. These appointments are usually included in the cost of surgery.

We encourage our pet owners to call us or bring their pet in post surgery if they have any concerns no matter how trivial they may seem – we would rather do a quick check than miss something important.

I can’t recommend this veterinary clinic enough. I have the height of praise for both vets and staff who have been so professional, caring and helpful with my little dog over the past few years.

Norma Brown, Maynooth