Newtown Veterinary Clinic

PH: 03 5221 5333

121 West Fyans Street, Newtown, Victoria

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Surgical Procedures- General Information

Things to know

Our staff will provide you with specific details when they recommend a surgical procedure for you pet. This article provides general information that can be applied to most, but not all, procedures.

How we can minimise the chance of complications

Health Assessment

Why: It is essential that all pets receive a thorough physical examination by a veterinarian prior to any type of anaesthetic. This is not only intended to minimise the risk of anaesthetic complications, but also ensure that the proposed procedure is in the pet's best interests.

How: This health assessment would ideally be provided in advance of the procedure. In the case where a routine procedure is being performed on a young healthy animal, it may be performed on the day of the procedure.





Preanaesthetic Blood Testing

Why: To ensure that the pet will process and eliminate anaesthetic medications as expected. The pet's ability to deal with medications will effect:

  • the type and strength of medications that we use,

  • the duration of a safe anaesthesia,

  • the pet's ability to recover quickly and smoothly from the anaesthetic.

We may also uncover an hidden health condition in the process, that may have short term and long term consequences for the pet's health.

How: Blood testing usually involves a small sample of blood being taken from the pet that is either processed via our inhouse laboratory, or sent away to an external pathology lab.


   Standard tests will investigate the following...

  •     Red and white blood cells

  •     kidneys

  •     liver

  •     protein levels

  •     hydration

   Additional tests may be recommended on a case-by-case basis.


What to do before the procedure

  • Ensure that you are comfortable with the procedure proposed for your pet.
  • All procedures have risks and benefits, so it is vital that you understand why we have recommended it and what complications may occur.
  • Ensure that you are aware of when you should remove your pet's access to food and water.
  • If your pet is currently on medication:
  • Ask your veterinarian whether it is necessary to give the medication and the best time to give it.
  • Make veterinary staff aware of any signs of illness, or abnormal behaviour, that you observe in your pet.
  • Please call us to discuss any concerns prior to admission 03 5221 5333



What to expect on the day



A member of our veterinary team will guide the pet owner* through our admission process.

The nurse or veterinarian will ask a number of questions about the pet's health and confirm that the pet owner understands the nature and cost of the procedure. An estimation of expected cost can be provided either prior to, or on the day.

The pet owner will need to read and accept our anaesthetic consent form.

*If the pet owner is unable to attend on the day, a representative can present the pet to the clinic, however they will be responsible for providing legal consent and accurate information about the pet's recent health.

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