When your pet needs to undergo surgery they will need to anaesthetised to ensure they don’t feel any pain, are immobile and remain unaware of what is happening. The process is very similar to how humans are anaesthetised and just like humans it is recommended to have intravenous fluid therapy (commonly known as a drip) for their procedure to ensure they are kept hydrated  and their blood pressure is maintained.

Common Questions

What can be done to make anaesthesia safer?

Pre-Anaesthetic Blood Tests

In order to make an anaesthetic as safe as possible we recommend that your pet has a blood test to check whether their internal organs are functioning at a level that can handle anaesthesia. It is more common for middle aged and older animals to have this test, but we do recommend that it is done for every animal.

The blood test can be performed on the morning of the procedure in our own lab, ensuring that the results will be back as quickly as possible. It’s important to note that the tests are not fully comprehensive, but are designed to rule out problems with the liver and kidneys as these are the organs that can suffer most under an anaesthetic.

Providing they are all normal, the procedure then goes ahead. If there is anything of concern we will phone you and advise of the next step.

Intravenous Fluid Therapy

It is recommend that your pet has a drip (also known as intravenous fluid) for their procedure. It involves the placement of a catheter and the running of specialised fluid into the vein. The two aims of using a drip are to ensure your pet is hydrated throughout the anaesthetic and to help maintain their blood pressure. This all goes towards making the anaesthetic as safe as possible.

A drip is considered very important in dogs over 8, cats over 10, pets undergoing longer procedures and pets with any pre-existing health conditions. Intravenous fluids are considered a gold standard procedure for any animal undergoing an anaesthetic.