Surgery at Clondalkin Animal Clinic
We have a state of the art operating theatre and we will take the best care of your pet during surgery.
Routine surgical procedures such as castrations, spays, dentals, lump removals and stitch ups take place Monday to Friday. We also do orthopaedic and corrective surgery which are scheduled for a certain day.
Some pets may have to stay overnight if they have had a complicated surgery, especially an orthopaedic procedure, but most pets will go home the same day.
Your pet will come in for surgery early in the morning: we advise that they be fasted from 8 pm the night before surgery for their own safety under the anaesthetic. All animals are given a complete physical examination before the procedure.
One of our nurses will meet you and your pet the morning of the surgery and will explain and go through the consent form with you. Once you have signed the consent form and given us your contact details, we will admit your pet to our hospital suite.
The nurse might ask you some routine questions and if you have any queries, we are more than happy to help. The nurse will also talk to you about an optional blood test: this is recommended as we can’t predict how well the internal organs are functioning solely based on the clinical exam.
We also offer an intravenous drip to every patient undergoing a surgical procedure: this ensures their blood pressure remains at an adequate level and also helps them to recover faster from the anaesthetic.
After being examined by the vet they will be given a sedative injection which will make them sleepy along with any necessary pain medication. They’ll have a final injection to put them in a deep anaesthetic state: they will be kept asleep with a mixture of oxygen and anaesthetic gas.
All patients are fully monitored by our nursing team during anaesthesia. They are also monitored by a machine called a pulse oximeter which monitors their oxygen levels and their heart and respiratory rate. Your pet will also be kept on a heat mat throughout the surgery: this is very important as it will help to regulate your pets’ temperature. Anaesthetics generally cause the temperature to drop which in turn can delay the recovery from the anaesthetic.
After the surgery, your pet will be wrapped up in a warm bed and placed in a kennel with an overhead heat lamp. They will be monitored by a nurse or vet throughout the day. If any extra pain relief is required that will be administered during the day. Your pet will go home with a buster collar to prevent them licking at their stitches.
Some pets may have to stay overnight if they have had a complicated surgery but most pets will go home the same day. Our nurse or vet will ring you in the afternoon with an update on your pet and arrange a time for collection.
Your pet will be discharged by a nurse or vet and you will receive instructions on how to care for them after their operation. We usually schedule a post-operative check for your pet 3 days after their surgery. If they have stitches they will be removed 10-14 days from the day of surgery.
If your pet has had a surgery here and you are looking for our post operation care form, please click here to go to our Post Operation Care For Your Pet page.