Desexing your Dog at Petfocus

Pre-Surgical Care

Fasting

No food after 8 pm the previous night, leave a water bowl out, but remove it first thing in the morning.

Bathing

Dogs can’t be bathed for 7 days while the surgery site heals, either bath beforehand or we can do that for you. Please let us know.

Admission

Please allow about 10 minutes for this appointment. We will detail the day’s procedure, run through your pet’s medical history with you and ask you to answer a series of questions prior to admission. We will also give your dog a thorough physical examination.

Pain Relief

Your dog will receive pain relief prior to desexing, this is included in the desexing fee.

Pre-Medication

All drugs are carefully calculated according to physical status and weight.

Surgical Care

Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia is induced with a special intravenous agent. We prepare individually tailored anaesthetic regimes to cater for routine to higher risk patients (young animals, seniors, heart patients, pregnancies).

Monitors

Respiratory monitors are placed on your pet to indicate a breath has been taken, oesophageal stethoscopes allow us to hear your pet’s heartbeat and pulse oximeters give a read out of heart rate, pulse strength and blood oxygen levels.

Graphs

Your dog’s anaesthetic is graphed, we record heart and breathing rates, blood oxygen levels and all drugs given. This provides us with information for future use.

Instruments

All surgical instruments are sterilized in our autoclave prior to use, surgical kits are not shared between animals and sterile single use syringes and needles are used.

Operating

Theatre surgery is performed in a dedicated sterile operating theatre complete with a heating pad on the operating table to maintain your pet’s temperature throughout the operation.

Surgery

Surgery involves the removal of both testicles in male dogs, and in female dogs both ovaries and the uterus are removed.

Post-Surgical Care

Recovery

We recover all patients in the recovery area in specially warmed cages where we can monitor your pet closely until they are sitting up.

Discharge

Discharge information sheets will accompany your pet and we will schedule a postoperative check up in three days.

Remember, we are your pet’s personal vet!