The prep area is a large purpose built area and is probably best described as the engine room! The theatre, x-ray room, utility and both dog and cat wards all lead off from the prep area.
The area has a large non-slip table in the center, which is used for in patient examinations, blood sampling, dirty procedures and induction of anaesthetics.
The prep area is also equipped with a tub table, which has a separate grate that can be used on or off. This table is ideal for dentals, as water drains away easily, keeping the patient warm and dry. We have a full range of luxators suitable for the largest of canine jaws to the tiniest of feline mouths. These are always kept sharpened so as not to cause oral trauma. The table is also used for bathing animals as it also has a shower unit.
This is also where your pet will be placed under an anaesthetic before being moved into theatre or our diagnostic suite.
Ultimately no anaesthetic is without risk, but we strive to reduce any risks to the absolute minimum.
For example, we may recommend a pre-anaesthetic blood test. This enables us to pick up any problems that may affect your animal’s ability to cope with the anaesthetic and/or surgery.
We use Gold Standard anaesthesia, which means that the anaesthetic agents we use are considered the safest on the market.
All patients undergoing sedation or anaesthesia have an intravenous catheter placed. This allows a stress free anaesthetic induction and also allows us to have intravenous access, should this be required during the procedure; it is invaluable during emergencies. We also recommend intravenous fluids for longer procedures and older animals.
We monitor animals intensively during anaesthesia. We are particularly careful to maintain body temperature, especially in our smaller patients who are more prone to heat loss. Any animal losing body temperature is likely to have a prolonged recovery.
Our patients are also monitored carefully in the postoperative period until they are able to stand up and have eaten. Any signs of pain or discomfort are brought to the veterinarian’s attention immediately and analgesics administered if at all possible. We feed them easily digestible, high calorie food (unless otherwise prescribed) as soon as they have recovered enough to sit up and swallow, in order to promote recovery from surgery, wound healing and general well being.