Anaesthetics and surgeries are performed every day in our clinics. Our veterinarians are fully trained to care for your pets before, during and after surgery.

Before the anaesthetic is administered, each pet has an intravenous catheter placed. This enables a ‘knock down’ dose to be administered intravenously at the beginning of the procedure and then a drip fluid during the anaesthetic.

After the ‘knock down’ dose, most pets are then kept asleep with an anaesthetic gas breathed via a tube into their windpipe.anaesthesia

During the anaesthetic, the animals can be monitored for heart rates, breathing, blood temperature and oxygen levels in the blood.

After the anaesthetic the animals are closely monitored and kept warm until their tubes can be removed.

Franklin Vets highly recommends that your pet has a pre-anaesthesia test before surgery. There are many ways in which problems can arise during and after an anaesthetic, but many of these problems are detectable with blood testing and preventable.

There are a wide array of tests available, and we do not believe that one size of test fits all patients. Our patients undergoing anaesthesia are assessed for risk according to a scale. There are various versions of this scale, but they all tend to have a 5-point system, ranging from 1 (low risk) to 5 (severe risk). We correlate the age of the patient with their general health, and then the procedure planned, and this gives us an idea of their anaesthetic risk. The pre-anaesthetic blood testing chosen for that patient will then be judged from the risk assessment. A low risk patient can have the minimum tests required, while the high-risk patient needs a much more comprehensive panel of tests.

Knowing the risk of adverse reaction to anaesthesia in your pet, can be a lifesaving precaution that takes minutes to assess.