This is Sophie’s dog ‘Reggie’, he recently came to the practice to be castrated. In this blog we are going to give you an insight into a typical day for one of our in-patients, to help you understand what your pet will experience.
On arrival our patients are weighed and their owner is asked to complete and sign a consent form, giving us a telephone number that we can contact you on all day.
They are then checked over by a veterinary surgeon, the vet will discuss any concerns you may have. On admission, they are given a ‘pre-med’ this is a combination of a sedative and a pain killer, which will relax them and also help prevent pain during and after surgery.
They are put into a kennel with some fluffy blankets and given some time for the meds to take effect.
(Reggie was allowed to snuggle up to his friend Gary, who was also in for castration. Normally our patients will be in a kennel on their own).
After about 30 – 40 minutes, the medicine should be working nicely and it is time for the procedure. A catheter is placed into one of their front legs and taped into position.
Next they are given an anaesthetic drug, through the catheter, into their vein.
This sends them to sleep and allows us to place a tube into their airway.
They are given oxygen and an anaesthetic gas through this tube so we can control the depth of anaesthesia.
Next the area we are going to be operating on needs to be clipped.
Bubble wrap booties are put onto the patients feet to keep them warm. The patient is then connected to a machine which the nurse will use to monitor the anaesthetic.
When the surgical area is suitably clean and prepared, the veterinary surgeon will place a sterile drape around the area to prevent contamination.
The procedure is then performed.
After the operation, the surgical site is cleaned.
The patient is then placed back into their kennel, with lots of blankets etc, where they are closely monitored by a nurse or vet until they are able to swallow and are awake.
They are then given time to sleep off the anaesthetic with a nurse regularly checking on them. When they are fully awake, they will be given some water.
The nurses will contact the owner and a time for collection will be arranged.
The patient will be discharged by a nurse who will explain all the post operative care and arrange any follow-up appointments – usually 3 days and 10 days post-op.
This is Reggie 2 weeks after the operation. As you can see his incision site has healed up well and he is back to his favourite hobby – searching for rabbits!
Well Done Reggie, you were a very brave boy♥♥♥