Behind the scenes !! A look at what happens with your pet during their stay
This is an example of a day experienced by an inpatient having surgery at
Peninsula Bay Vets.
So firstly we see you and your pet at their admittance time usually between
8.30-9am. This is possibly the most anxious time for you pet whilst we
complete the necessary paperwork.
The vet or nurse on that day will go through the consent form with you .
This is a legal document and very important for you and us. It tells us
when your pet last ate which is crucial for anaesthesia. Plus any other information we may need on the day.
We double check your contact details for the day ahead. At this point you
will also receive an estimate of cost for the days proceedings.
You then sign the form.
Then off we go !!! You say cheerio and see your pet later.
Once in the hospital we find an appropriate kennel/cage. It has to be large
enough so they can move around but small enough so they feel safe and secure.
We spray either Feliway for cats or Adaptil for dogs on their bedding. These are natural pheromone sprays to
aid calm the patients. Once they are settled in we begin !
So next we give your pet a pre anaesthetic health check. This is done by the
vet on surgery that day. We listen to their heart, take their temperature
and do a general once over. We clip some fur off their neck and front leg.
This is so we can apply the Emla cream. This is a local anaesthetic cream
to numb the area for later. Then it's back to bed.
After a while we take the patient back into the prep room to collect the pre
anaesthetic blood sample. We take this from the neck area we clipped. With
this we are mainly looking at their liver and kidney function and also
glucose levels. This is to make sure they are suitable for anaesthesia that
day. Once the blood results have been confirmed as okay we give the patient
a premed injection. Back to bed again !!
Once our operating theatre is set up and everyone is ready we are
Your pet will be collected from their bed and an intravenous catheter will
be placed in the front leg. This is into the cephalic vein. Having an i/v
line in is so important, it enables us to administer intra venous fluids
throughout the surgery and it's a direct access line for if we need to
administer extra drugs.
We administer the intravenous anaesthetic then as soon as they are asleep we
pop an endotracheal tube down their trachea ( wind pipe ).
We then get them onto a mix of oxygen and gaseous anaesthetic. This keeps
them asleep through the entire procedure.
Surgery begins !! The nurse is watching the anaesthetic using several
monitoring apparatus. The vet does the actual surgery.
We use heat pads and blankets for the whole time as animals lose a lot of
heat whilst under. This can be dangerous so we keep them warm and toasty !!
When the surgery is finished we start the wake up . Nice and gradual does it.
Once they are able to swallow and semi awake we remove the endotracheal
tube. So now they are off the machines and breathing room air again.
We pop them back into their bed to wake up slowly. This is a crucial time
and we watch them very closely. They are snuggled up in warm blankets .
Once they are well awake we offer your pet some suitable food, they are
usually very hungry due to being starved prior to the procedure.
We check they have enough pain relief in their systems and call to let you
know that it's over and to arrange a time for pickup. I forgot to mention
during this whole procedure there is plenty of time for snuggles!
So home time!
We go through the important discharge instructions, all the do's and don'ts
for the next little while. We will also answer any questions you may have
regarding your pets on-going care.
So that's a basic run down of your fur baby's day with us. And we look
forward to seeing you and your pet again.