Preparing your pet for surgery

At King Street Veterinary Hospital we are using the state of the art in terms of modern anaesthetics, sedatives and pain relief medications. This allows your pet to experience a gentle and rapid recovery after any surgical procedures. Accurate monitoring equipments are used during anaesthesia and we keep careful records of the progress of our patients.

Intravenous fluids.  Why?

We strongly recommend the use of intravenous fluids before, during and after the surgical procedure .  This helps maintain adequate blood supply to vital organs.  Our anaesthetic protocol ensures the general anaesthetic period is covered with intravenous fluids.  It is always better to cover the complete peri-anaesthetic period, but in certain cases is is more important.  It is mandatory for any major surgical procedure where blood loss is expected and highly recommended for any pets older then 5 years of age.

Pre-anaesthetic blood test.  Is this important?

It is also recommended to perform a pre-anesthetic blood test in order to assess the function of many internal organs essential to process the anaesthetic. In younger animals it also enables us to detect certain congenital abnormalities.

Will my pet need pain relief?

During its stay at the hospital your pet will be provided with pain relief to assure a nice and gentle recovery. In certain cases we will recommend that you take some pain relief to administer at home the days following the surgery. 

Fasting instructions.

It is imperative to withhold food for a minimum of 12 hours prior to surgery. You can feed your pet its dinner the night before its procedure but make sure you don’t leave any food, treats or bones afterwards. You can leave water out for the night and remove it at 6am in the morning. 

What else can I do to prepare my pet for its surgery?

It is also recommended to bath your pet the day before its procedure. If your pet is nice and clean it will help prevent infection. Also, in most cases stitches will be put in place and your pet will not be able to have a bath or swim until they come out approximately 10 days after its surgery. It is also a good idea to ensure your pet’s flea control is adequate and up to date.


On the morning of the procedure you will be scheduled for an appointment with one of our qualified nurses. A baseline examination will be performed to ensure your pet is in good condition and ready for its surgery. 

If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask our team!