Pre Anaesthetic Advice for Owners

July 26, 2016



There are a few considerations that must be taken prior to performing a general anaesthetic on your animal. Please read to following information prior to admitting your animal for an anaesthetic.


All cats and dogs are to be fasted prior to a general anaesthetic. They can have dinner the night before a procedure, but all food must be removed from 8pm the night before. Water is ok.


If your animal is receiving any medications at the time of an anaesthetic please check with you vet as to whether they should be given prior to the procedure. Some medications must be stopped prior to anaesthesia.


All animals having a general anaesthetic are to be admitted between 8:30-9:30am the morning of the procedure. This enables us to prepare your animal for its procedure, and gives ample time to recover from the anaesthetic prior to going home that evening. Please walk dogs prior to admission. This gives them the chance to empty their bowels and bladders and will make them more comfortable when recovering from the anaesthetic.

Contact details

At admission please ensure we have up to date contact details on which we can contact you all day. Sometimes we need to contact owners during an anaesthetic procedure and it is important that we can easily get a hold of you if needed to avoid prolonged or repeated anaesthetics.

Pre-anaesthetic Blood tests

Pre-anaesthetic blood tests are optional, but recommended prior to any general anaesthesia. These tests check liver and kidney function, glucose and protein levels and can detect anaemia. These blood tests can detect problems in an animal that is not showing signs of illness, and may affect anaesthetic safety, and may change ideal medication options. In general, the older an animal, the more likely that some abnormality will be detected. By detecting these problems and altering our anaesthetic to suit your pet’s needs, we can improve the safety of this procedure. These blood tests are available at a cost of $80 and can be performed the morning of surgery.

Intravenous Fluids

Intravenous fluids are optional but recommended with all general anaesthesia. These fluids help to maintain good blood pressure during the surgery, reduce risk of anaesthetic induced kidney damage, and improve recovery from anaesthesia by helping to flush medications for the body. In this way intravenous fluids help to improve anaesthetic safety for your pet. These fluids are available with surgery at the cost of $


For animals being admitted to have lumps surgically removed, we request that you point out these lumps at admission. Particularly for small lumps, or animals with numerous lumps it is ideal to ensure we know where these are located at admission.

Additional procedures

If you would like additional procedures performed while your pet is in hospital please advise us on admission. This may include procedures such as vaccination, worming, microchipping, nail clipping and ear cleaning.



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