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Surgeries

Beforehand

All surgeries are performed with the intention to cure your pet and/or improve their health and making their life more comfortable.

We, both veterinarians and para-veterinarians, will provide your pet with the best care possible.

Below, you will find some points to take into account before you bring your pet in case you have made an appointment for surgery:

  • This means that your pet is not allowed to eat 12 hours prior the appointment (drinking water is allowed). Your pet can become sick and vomit due to the narcosis, which can be dangerous when your animal is numb. Therefore, we require that your pet is sober.It is necessary to bring in your pet sober.

    This is not applicable for rabbits and rodents! They may not be sober due to a gastro intestinal behaviour.

  • Make sure that your pet is treated against worms and fleas before you bring her/him in.
  • Make sure you walk your dog before you bring him in, but don't let him use much energy (keep your dog leashed).
  • Bring your pet in a travel basket or with a firm leash and a fitting collar.
  • Leave your phone number behind and make sure we can reach you at this number.
  • In case your pet shows different behaviour or has physical complaints (you can think of vomiting, diarrhoea, drinking an out of ordinary large amount of water, etc.), report this to the para-veterinary on the day you bring in your pet.

The Surgery

The veterinarian will first perform a physical examination before your pet will be anaesthetised.

If necessary, a pre-anaesthetically blood test can be taken to check on the functioning of the organs of your pet. Having performed the blood test, the veterinarian can decide to alter the narcosis agent depending on the blood reference levels. After the narcosis, the pet will get an injection with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory agents and pain killers to improve the recovery after surgery.

When your pet has an excellent physical condition, the veterinarian will place a catheter in a vein. An intravenous drip can be placed onto the catheter when necessary.

After anaesthesia is performed, the para-veterinarians will prepare your pet for the surgery(shaving, washing, disinfection, etc.).

During the surgery, we can monitor the respiration and heartbeat of your pet with special monitoring equipment. When necessary, we can deliver extra (gas)anaesthesia.

After the surgery, your pet will receive an injection so he/she will wake up calmly.

Your pet will stay inside the recovery room for a while till he/she is fully awake again. The para-veterinary will call you to discuss what time you can collect your pet.

Aftercare at home

It is important to keep a close look at your pet when you just arrived at home. Make sure that he/she will not lick at the wound/stitches.

If necessary, you will get antibiotics and pain killers for your pet to take home. The treatment must always be completed!

In most cases, your pet will start eating and drinking within a day. We ask you kindly to contact us when this isn't the case.

Three days after surgery, it is recommended to check up on the wound. At the same time, we can discuss any results so far.

The stitches will be removed 10-12 days after the surgery. You can make an appointment for this on the day of the surgery.

Beware: In case your pet won't eat or drink, starts to vomit or has diarrhoea, or the wound becomes wet, warm and red (or when in doubt) after surgery, 
Call us
 immediately!