CASTLE VETERINARY CENTRE

61 - 63 Castle Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 1FD see map

Telephone 0115 9417894

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Operations

Blood Pressure Monitor          Infusion Pump          Pulse Oximeter

One of the biggest worries for a pet owner is if their pet has to come into the surgery for an operation. We appreciate that this can cause major concerns, so this section is designed to put your mind at rest. Most animals due for surgery will have been seen by a vet some days beforehand when the procedure will have been discussed with the owner. At this stage we issue a "pre-operation" sheet which gives advice about not feeding the animal on the morning of the operation, and so on. On the day of the operation, animals are usually admitted during the first part of morning surgery, having seen a nurse and, if necessary, a vet as well.

We sedate most dogs which helps to relieve any anxiety that they may have on leaving their owner - although in fact usually there are so many new smells and sights that the animal is quite fascinated by the kennels. After surgery is finished an animal is allowed to recover in the safety of its kennel; we like most patients to go home the same day, unless the surgery has been extensive, as recovery in familiar surroundings is easier for the animal.

The nurse or vet will discharge the animal after discussing the operation and any follow-up treatment, and we send home a "post - operation" sheet which answers most of the commonly - asked questions, such as what to do about feeding and exercise. We do like to check most patients a few days after surgery to ensure everything is going as planned.

Two of the most commonly asked questions are;

"Is the anaesthetic safe?"

Modern anaesthetics are very safe nowadays; we induce most animals using an injectable drug which acts within seconds; once the animal is asleep we use anaesthetic gases to keep them asleep as long as is necessary. In both cases we use drugs identical to those used for human anaesthetics. We find that owners of old pets or pets with heart problems are particularly concerned about operations; we would like to assure them that problems are extremely rare. We have modern monitoring equipment which helps to pick up any potential problems early on. In addition if a vet is worried about a particular patient he / she may perform blood tests prior to any operation. We are happy to discuss an owner's concerns at a consultation before any surgery is performed.

"Will my pet worry if I'm not there?"

Animals are great adapters, and most readily accept new situations. Some seem to really enjoy their stay at the surgery, and it is nearly always the case that owners are much more worried about their pet than the pet is! We do sedate most dogs on admission (and some cats if required) which helps to relax them. We have isolation kennels for very worried (or sometimes very noisy!) animals.