General Surgery & Dental

Surgery and Dental

Our expert veterinarians are highly skilled in a wide range of surgical procedures like diagnostic
surgery, general wound stitching, lump and tumour removal, de-sexing, intestinal obstructions,
caesareans, dental and much more.

Surgery centres.

Our two hospital surgery centres, Bull Creek and South Street, have recently undergone extensive renovations. Each clinic features brand new consulting and surgical rooms, and are equipped with all the up-to-date equipment that will see us provide the best possible care for your pet.

Our expert veterinarians are highly skilled in a wide range of surgical procedures like diagnostic surgery, general wound stitching, lump and tumour removal, de-sexing, intestinal obstructions, caesareans, and much more.

Our staff are equipped with the latest cutting-edge equipment to provide efficient, accurate surgery, including:
– digital radiology
– ultrasonography
– IM3 dental suite
– anaesthetic monitoring systems
– Abaxis in-house blood machines
– Electrosurgical units
– IV fluid pumps
– live video support stations

Your pet’s surgical procedure.

Surgery is different to a standard check-up or consultation, and there are a number of steps that need to be followed.

Before surgery
Your pet won’t be able to have a bath at least 12-24 hours after sterile surgery. Therefore, if they need it, we recommend giving them a bath the day before their surgery.

Fasting: is it necessary?
Fasting is only necessary if your pet is coming in for surgery that requires anaesthesia or sedation.
While it may feel mean, eating prior to anaesthetic is actually unsafe, so know that you’re doing the right thing by them.
Ensure your pet eats dinner no later than 8pm the night before their surgery. Water can be left out overnight, but remove it early the morning of their surgery.
If your pet is an outdoor cat we recommend keeping them in overnight, the night before their surgery. This reduces their chances of wandering off, or eating anything on their nightly adventures.

On the day

Arrive at your chosen clinic on time so your clinical nurse can help you with their pre-operative administration. Being on time means we can give your pet our full attention.

Once your pet is admitted to surgery, we may give them a blood test and administer a sedative to help them relax.

Blood tests
We may give your pet a blood test to assess their kidney function and red blood cell concentration, helping us establish a baseline health level prior to administering their anaesthetic. In some cases,
such as in senior pets, it may be necessary to undertake a more detailed blood test, which helps us select the most appropriate anaesthetic for your pet. Your veterinarian will advise on the necessary course of action to take, and the costs involved.

Following their blood tests and sedative, we administer anaesthetic to your pet. This ensures we’re able to complete the necessary surgery free of pain and discomfort. An attending vet nurse monitor’s their vital signs throughout the entire operation, right through to recovery, to ensure maximum comfort for your furry family member.

Surgery can leave you dehydrated, so to prevent this—and to help the anaesthetic drugs flush through their system—your furry friend will receive the necessary fluids throughout their surgery. In
some cases your pet may benefit from extended fluids, in the form of an IV drip, which can be given from admission through to a few hours post-surgery.

After-care instructions
Your vet or vet nurse will provide detailed after-care instructions for your pet, and advise when they can eat and drink again. This will change depending on the nature of surgery they’ve received.

Pain relief
You want your pet bouncing back as soon as possible. So do we.
At Sage Vets we believe that post-operative pain actively prevents your pet’s healing process. That’s why we provide you with a pain management program which helps keep them comfortable
throughout their healing process.

Is there anything I should watch out for?
Please get in touch with Sage Vets immediately if you pet vomits repeatedly, seems restless and agitated, overly lethargic (some lethargy is common following surgery), or if there’s any bleeding or
discharge from their surgical would.

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