1.My Pet has to have an anaesthetic and I am worried……..

When an a pet needs an anaesthetic it can be a very worrying time for you. We try to do everything we can to minimize the risks of every anaesthetic we do.

There are different methods of anaesthesia but the majority of pets will come in for the day. They will be given a pre med which relaxes them and enables us to use less anaesthetic drugs. They will then be given an intravenous injection to make them go to sleep, when a tube will be passed down the throat so we can keep them under anaesthetic with gas.

At our Farnham surgery we are currently using a state of the art anaesthetic gas called Sevoflurane which means your pet will recover quickly and smoothly. At Farnborough we use isoflurane which is a very effective and safe anaesthetic agent.

All pets will have a nurse constantly monitoring them while they are under anesthetic, from the time they first go to sleep until they are fully awake. To aid in the monitoring all pets will have an oesophageal stethoscope fitted (to listen directly to their heart beat), a pulse oximeter to check their oxygenation is adequate, blood pressure monitoring and the nurse will be constantly checking respirations and depth of anaesthesia.

For older pets your veterinary surgeon may recommend a pre operative blood test. The purpose of this is to try to make sure that the kidneys and liver will be able to metabolise the anaesthetic drugs well enough. If there are abnormalities on the tests we may advise that your pet has fluids to help with this during the procedure.

If you are worried, please talk to us.

2. I am concerned that my pet may need to be put to sleep, what happens? How do I organise this? What happens to them afterwards?

Having a beloved pet put to sleep is a very upsetting time and it can sometimes be very difficult to know when the time is right. If you do not know what to do, please discuss with one of our veterinary nurses.

The usual procedure involves giving an intravenous injection in the consultation room. This delivers a lethal dose of barbituates which immediately stops the heart and the animal goes into unconciousness very quickly. For pets that become stressed we sometimes sedate them prior to giving the injection, this does make the procedure longer and usually we feel it is smoother without prior sedation.

Some people prefer to have euthanasia performed at home, this can be organised. Ideally a couple of days in advance. Please see the section below about house visits.

After a pet is put to sleep there are a few options. You may wish to take your pet home to bury, this is fine. You may wish to leave your pet with us for a normal cremation, this is opposed to an individual cremation.

For individual cremations we use Dignity Pet crematorium, an extremely compassionate local company. www.dignitypetcrem.co.uk

Please talk to us about any concerns you may have.

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