Anaesthesia – My Pet Needs Surgery!

Puppy with broken leg
There are times in an animal’s life when surgery may be necessary. An anaesthetic will be necessary to perform the surgery. This is a stressful time for both pet and owner.

Anaesthesia is not to be taken lightly.

To get your pet’s surgery off to the best start, veterinarian Rob Hill prefers a higher-quality induction anaesthetic. Although more expensive, this higher quality medicine ‘Propofol’ is cleared by the body in a very short time, creating far less stress on the body.

At Australind Veterinary Hospital, we have moved to the safest anaesthetics available to veterinary science in order to minimize complications. We can give you detailed explanations of anaesthetic protocol when your dog has surgery if you are interested.

There are many different anaesthetics and they can differ for various reasons.

Severe fracture repaired with cerclage wire and an external fixation device

Severe fracture repaired with cerclage wire and an external fixation device

We prefer your animal to be fasted from the night before surgery. It is important to have an empty stomach for surgery as anaesthesia can cause nausea. Vomiting during anaesthesia can be dangerous. No breakfast I’m afraid. Your pet won’t like it but it’s very important. Don’t leave dry food down to nibble during the night.
No food after 8PM the night before.

Once ‘under’, all animals in this vet clinic receive Isoflurane anaesthetic gas (used in human hospitals for at-risk patients). We use Isoflurane anaesthetic gas, because it is much safer for all our patients. It is excreted from the body rapidly, so animals wake up much faster. ALL animals benefit from a shorter recovery period. Isoflurane
is much more expensive for us to use, but your pets are our priority.

Anaesthesia and safety should not be taken lightly. We take anaesthetics very seriously. Isoflurane is a superior anaesthetic to Halothane, a cheaper anaesthetic gas often used in veterinary practice.

All surgery is painful. We can offer you medications to help minimise your pet’s discomfort during and following surgery. This will be discussed at your pet’s admission. Please ask about pain control.

Elizabethan collars are cone shaped plastic devices that go around your pet’s neck to prevent them chewing out their sutures or licking their wounds.

Animals just can’t help themselves sometimes. Licking at wounds can delay healing and cause infection. It is also extremely frustrating for everybody if your pet pulls all the sutures out. Ask about Elizabethan collars if your pet needs surgery.