The preparation room is the first area your pet will enter after being admitted for treatment by the veterinary surgeon or one of the veterinary nurses.
Before an anaesthetic your pet will have a clinical examination to ensure the patient is well enough to undergo the procedure.
This may involve a blood sample being taken for pre-operative information or for diagnostic purposes.
Following your pets examination they are placed in a comfortable kennel in either the dog or cat ward. The veterinary nurses will calculate pre-medication for your animal based on its weight. This has a light sedative effect so that stress levels are reduced. Pre-medication also provides pain relief and reduces the amount of general anaesthetic required.
Anaesthetic machines in the preparation room are used when your pet is being prepared for surgery in the operating theatre. We also carry out dental and minor procedures in this area.
Your pet will have an intravenous catheter placed before the anaesthetic and general anaesthesia is induced with an injection through the intravenous catheter. Once the pateint is asleep an endotracheal tube is placed in the airway so that oxygen and anaesthetic gas can be delivered directly.
The surgical site is prepared in the preparation room by clipping hair from over and around the surgical site to prevent contamination during the surgical procedure. Once the area has been clipped it is cleaned with a dilute chlorohexidine (soap) solution and when the skin is thoroughly clean, chlorhexidene spray is applied to the surgical site.