Keeping your pet in hospital is required when it is very sick or is having surgery. All our clinics have dedicated areas to keep your pet safe and comfortable during their stay. When your pet is in hospital they are monitored regularly by vets and nurses.
Veterinarians at Pacific Vetcare perform a range of surgical procedures ranging from routine de-sexing, emergency caesareans to complex orthopaedic operations.
We strive to ensure that all patients receive the best veterinary care and attention, this starts from the moment they walk in the door on surgery day until it is time for them to go home. We appreciate it can be a worrying time for pet owners, so to help reassure you, we have outlined below what happens when you drop your pet off in the morning for a procedure such as de-sexing.
- Admission. Upon bringing your pet into hospital a nurse will meet you to discuss the procedure and any other requirements such as blood tests or nail clips. You will be required to sign consent forms and will be given an estimation of the cost and time to pick up your pet. When you leave the nurse will conduct a health check on your pet. This involves taking your pet’s temperature, pulse rate and respiratory rate (TPR) to assess its state of health and if agreed with you prior blood samples will also be taken from your pet (recommended for any procedure requiring anaesthetic).
- In Hospital. Once the admission process is complete your pet is moved to the treatment area to be prepared for its surgery. Throughout the preparation process the nurse is constantly monitoring your pet to ensure its heart rate and breathing is consistent. Once your pet has been anaesthetised and is sound asleep it is moved to the theatre where the veterinarian will commence the surgery.
- Surgery. During surgery there will always be at least one nurse who is monitoring your pet whilst the veterinarian is operating. It is the nurse’s job to monitor your pet’s vital signs such as breathing, oxygen levels and heart rate. The length of the surgery will depend on what is being done; a routine desexing operation can be completed fairly quickly whereas an orthopaedic operation can take several hours.
- Post Surgery. Once the surgery is completed your pet is moved to a comfortable, warm bed where it can be monitored by nursing staff. Some pets recover quickly from their surgery, others take a little longer. Either a veterinarian or nurse will contact you after the surgery to give you an update and confirm a time for you to pick your pet up from hospital.
- Discharge. When you pick up your pet either a nurse or veterinarian will speak to you about the procedure and will be able to answer any queries you may have. They will also give you home care instructions and advise when your pet should return for a follow up appointment. It is important that you contact us should you have any queries or concerns about your pet when you get home or in the days following its procedure.
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