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PHONE: 01202 499 622 1a Stony Lane, Christchurch, BH23 7LQ
At Magnolia House Veterinary Surgery we are fully equipped to perform a wide range of surgical procedures in dogs and cats as well as all exotic species. We maintain a sterile operating theatre that is not used for any other purpose.
We are very aware that having your pet scheduled for surgery can be stressful and worrying, but you can rest assured that we do everything possible to keep them comfortable and safe. We have top-notch anaesthesia protocols, all our surgical patients receive comprehensive anaesthetic monitoring and support, and we begin to work on their pain management before they've even entered theatre!
Anaesthesia is safer if performed on an empty stomach, so please withhold all food from your pet from 10pm the evening before surgery. You should however leave your pet with plenty of water. Your pet will be admitted by one of our nurses in the morning. You will be asked to sign a consent form, and provide your contact details for the day. Your pet will be given a full examination by one of our vets prior to the procedure being started. If we have planned to perform a pre-anaesthetic blood test, a blood sample will be obtained, and your pet will then be settled into a comfortable kennel while we await the results and prepare for surgery.
Please note that only dogs and cats need to be fasted - all exotic species including rabbits should be fed as normal and have food available until you leave home on the morning of surgery.
Once the surgery has been completed, your pet will be settled back into its comfortable kennel, and will continue to be monitored closely by one of our nurses. They will be offered water and a small amount of food as soon as they are ready, usually within 2 hours. We shall call you with an update shortly after the surgery has been completed, and schedule a discharge appointment for your pet that afternoon once he/she has fully recovered from anaesthesia. During the discharge appointment we shall provide you with detailed instructions about wound care, medication you need to administer at home, feeding and exercise during the recovery period. Pets undergoing some more complicated surgery (e.g. bladder or intestinal surgery, stomach torsions) will need to be hospitalised for at least 1 night following surgery.
We offer FREE pre-neuter consultations, which include a complete physical examination. This is to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for the general anaesthetic, to discuss any anaesthetic risks that might exist and whether pre-anaesthetic blood testing may be needed, and to discuss any other concerns you may have.
Pre-anaesthetic blood testing for routine healthy patients coming in for a neuter is optional as it is unlikely to pick up a problem if your pet is physically well. HOWEVER there are situations when we would strongly advise that a blood test be performed, especially in breeds at risk of certain conditions, e.g. kidney disease in Boxers or liver shunts in Yorkshire Terriers. You can find more information in our pre-operative guidelines.
Your pet will initially be given a "pre-med" injection - this is a combination of a sedative and a pain-killer, which helps calm them down and starts getting them sleepy, and also ensures that pain relief is in place before we even start the procedure.
Once the pre-med has made them dozy, they will have an intravenous catheter placed, usually in one of the front legs. The catheter is an important safety measure - it allows us to deliver just the right amount of anaesthetic needed, also to deliver any fluids that might be needed for anaesthetic support, and gives us immediate intravenous access for any emergency drugs to be given in case of (thankfully, rare!) complications.
Intravenous anaesthetic is administered through the catheter. We then insert a breathing tube into your pet's trachea (windpipe) which is connected to the anaesthetic machine and allows your pet to breathe a combination of oxygen and anaesthetic gas - this keeps them under general anaesthesia during surgery.
We generally use buried stitches to close the skin wounds, so there are no stitches on the surface of the skin. In combination with plenty of pain relief, this results in less interference with the wounds so it's less likely that your pet will open up the wound by licking or chewing.
Your pet will be discharged the same afternoon. They may seem a little more tired than usual (though most are just as bouncy as when they came in!) but they should be completely back to normal by the following morning.
Your pet will be sent home with pain killers to be used over the next few days. We shall also provide you with an Elizabethan/buster collar to use if your pet seems at risk of licking the wound excessively - we would always recommend you use the collar overnight or at other times when your pet is unsupervised.
We shall schedule a post-operative check in 2-3 days' time to check the wound and make sure there have been no complications with the recovery period. A final wound check will be scheduled for 10 days post-surgery.
All of this (except for the blood test) is included in the cost of the surgery - we believe it's important to keep your pet as safe and comfortable as possible, so we don't cut corners.
If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us - we all want to make this procedure as easy and stress-free for your pet as we can!