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Pet Surgery

What happens when your pet needs an operation?

pet surgery, neutering, spayingPets coming in to Hermitage Vet Clinic, Lucan for surgery are usually fasted from 8pm the night before. There is no need to withhold water until the morning of the surgery. On the morning of surgery please make sure your pet has had a chance to go to the toilet before he/she is admitted. If possible please ensure that your pet is relatively clean before coming in for an operation- sterility is very important at surgery so ideally heavily soiled coats would ideally be washed prior to surgery.

On the morning of the surgery one of our team will admit your pet. You will be asked to sign a consent form- a legal document similar to human medicine permitting us to perform an anaesthetic on your pet.

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 there are exceptions. While physical examination tells us a lot about your pet’s health it doesn’t tell us everything. We would urge all pet owners to consider pre-anaesthetic blood testing, but particularly in animals over 7 years of age.

pet surgery, neutering, spayingAfter your pet is admitted the vet will do a full physical examination. 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 surgery nurse monitors our patients throughout surgery and until they have recovered completely from the anaesthetic. Every pet is wrapped up warmly as they recover in their kennel. We perform many surgeries each day in Hermitage Vet Clinic in Lucan – which rang from removing lumps, neutering and dental extractions to repairing cruciate ligaments.

We contact owners promptly post surgery- we know how worrying it is when your pet is having an operation.

What to expect after an operation?

pet surgery, neutering, spayingMost pets will go home on the evening of their surgery. Your pet will most likely be a little sleepy on the night of their operation. However often owners comment how bright and well pets are after surgery. This is because good anaesthetic protocols and pain management allows our patients to return home sooner, brighter and happier.

Often pet owners forget that we need to shave our patients 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 cone of shame! We urge pet owners to leave these collars on as pets can sometimes pull out stitches, resulting in visits to the emergency clinic and another anaesthetic.

Our surgery nurse will dispense any medication that is needed and go 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.

I have my two dogs registered with Hermitage Vets for the past few years. I had heard great reports about them so brought my first dog Daisy down to them. Liam was the first vet I saw and he made Daisy so at ease and has continued to do so ever since. So when I got my second dog Lucky it was the same. Over the last few months I had a lot of contact with them over my dog Lucky, who took very ill rapidly one Saturday morning. I rang and they saw Lucky straight away. Liam again came to my aid. The nurses Eve, Gillian and Niamh couldn’t believe it was Lucky – he looked so sick. Liam reasured me that he would look after him and they had to do X-rays etc. Over the course of next 10 days between Jenny, Emer, Liam, Gillian, Eve and Niamh they looked after my baby with the highest professionalism and dedication. They went above and beyond, as they always do, and got Lucky back to full health. It didn’t matter how many times I rang and asked their advice or a silly question – they are always there to help. Their love for each and every animal that comes through there door is evident. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough! They are true animal healers and do fantastic work to help every animal that goes through their practice. Well done guys!

Carol Rafter