We as pet owners ourselves understand that leaving your pet with us for a procedure can be both stressful and nerve-racking. We have compiled a list of what we believe to be important surgical extras, recommended by our Veterinarians to provide the safest possible procedure and promote a healthier lifestyle for your pet.
Here at the Old Reynella Veterinary Clinic, we realise that they may not suit every pet owners’ needs, so instead we wish to provide you with all the information, so you are able to make an informed decision.
If you have any queries, please speak to one of our friendly staff members on 8322 4355.
PRE-ANAESTHETIC BLOOD TESTING:
This is performed before anaesthesia, and gives us a clear indication of any underlying health issues that may affect the procedure or the overall wellbeing of your pet. Our in-house laboratory is capable of checking for problems with the kidneys or liver, anaemia, infection or inflammation as well as diseases such as diabetes. While an animal can appear in good health, physical examination does not always give us the whole picture alone, which is why pre-anaesthetic blood testing is so important.
This test is at an additional cost, please speak to one of our nurses.
INTRAVENOUS FLUID THERAPY:
IV Fluids are important for maintaining your pet’s blood pressure during surgery, and supports kidney health by flushing the anaesthetic agents from their system. This also means your pet will recover better and faster. While IV fluids are recommended for every pet, it is exceptionally important in aged animals (greater than 7 years) and for cats, as they can both have early stage kidney problems without showing physical signs.
We believe your pet should receive the best care so intravenous fluids are included in the cost of our standard procedures such as desexing and dentals. Other procedures may offer fluids as an optional extra, please check with nurses.
We also offer the following other procedures you may like to have performed on the day of your pet’s routine surgery. If you have any queries, please feel free to speak to one of our helpful nursing staff.
A microchip is a small implant about the size of a grain of rice, which is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. When read, it contains a number that is then registered with a national database that will contain all your contact details. We also place a small ‘M’ tattoo in the right ear to identify that your pet is microchipped. While microchipping is mandatory in the Eastern States, it is still optional but highly recommended by your veterinarian, to provide an extra form of identification if your pet should ever go missing. Easily preformed during any procedure and also includes all registration with the national database.
HIND-DEW CLAW REMOVAL
The dew claw is a small claw found further up the leg from the main part of the paw, which is naturally found on the forelegs of all dog and cats. However, some animals are also born with a second pair on the hind legs as well, which serve no purpose and can easily become caught, causing excruciating pain for your pet. The hind dew claws are usually only attached by a flap of skin, but can also be attached by bone. It is recommended to remove them to prevent further problems in the future, which can be easily performed during any procedure.
BABY (DECIDUOUS) TOOTH REMOVAL
Like humans, dogs and cats are born with smaller baby teeth that fall out and are replaced by adult teeth. This usually takes place between the ages of 3 to 5 months. Unfortunately in some patients’ particularly smaller dogs, the teeth may not fall out on their own, and may require removal. If the teeth are left in, they can contribute to early stage dental disease and cause future problems. If you are unsure as to whether your pet has any deciduous teeth, feel free to pop in to our clinic and have a nurse check it for you for free. Easily removed during any procedure.
Vaccinating your pets is important for maintaining their overall health. The diseases we routinely vaccinate against can be a death sentence if your pet should contract one. All pets require annual boosters after they complete their puppy or kitten vaccine schedule. Vaccination is given at a discounted rate if booked in for a surgical procedure of any type; if you are unsure as to whether your pet is due for annual vaccination, please check with one of our nursing staff.
Vaccines are to be paid for on the day of the surgical procedure to get the discounted cost. They are then administered 3-5 days following their procedure, at their free post-op check.
As always, we try to provide you with as much information as possible, but if you have any further questions regarding any of the options we have included here, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff on 8322 4355 or ask on the morning of your procedure.