We understand that surgery is not an easy experience for you and your pet. At Better Pet Vets our primary goal is to ensure your pet’s surgical procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible, with a rapid recovery to a full and active life at home with you – illness and pain free.
But we know that as our client you need a clear understanding of what needs to be done and why, any possible or likely complications and the post-operative care required. We respect your opinions and will happily answer any questions you may have so that you are confident in our surgical care of your pet.
Pre and Postoperative care is critical to the success and comfort of our surgical patients. We believe that since animals can’t tell us that they are in pain, they should be cared for in a way to ensure they are comfortable, pain free, and able to heal
Pain Relief starts before the procedure with analgesia provided even before anaesthesia. For many procedures such as dentistry or orthopaedic procedures we will provide local nerve blocks or epidural anaesthesia to prevent any pain stimulus during surgery. These blocks also allow us to use a lighter anaesthesia for these patients and, in turn, this makes their anaesthetics safer.
Post operatively patients are provided with anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications as appropriate to their procedure.
The surgical technique of experienced and proficient surgeons results in less tissue trauma, bruising, swelling and shorter surgery times. All these factors reduce anaesthetic risk, improve healing, and reduce post operative discomfort or pain.
Patient warming is critical during and after surgery. Maintaining patient temperature during and after anaesthesia increases patient comfort, improves wound healing, decreases pain, decreases infection and speeds anaesthetic recovery. We use heated surgery table mats and IV fluid warmers for each and every patient, and have a constant body temperature monitor during anaesthesia to ensure they remain warm throughout their procedure.
After recovery, patients are wrapped up with warm blankets and their nurse will stay with them until they are awake and fully recovered. Waking up after anaesthesia in an unfamiliar environment to strange sounds and smells is potentially very frightening – so our nurses cuddle and speak gently to them until they know that they are safe and having nothing to be afraid of.
We have high Nurse:Patient ratios to ensure that your pets surgery and anaesthetic is monitored from the time of premedication to the time of recovery. Once recovered we will let you know that the procedure has been completed so you can relax knowing that your pet is safe and sound.
This level of attention to detail for each and every surgical patient is only possible in a fully equipped practice, staffed and trained appropriately. It’s a practice that prides itself on excellence in care for your pet.