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Pre-Surgery Checklist

Did you know? Pre-anaesthetic blood testing & Intravenous fluid therapy can help to reduce your pet’s risk of anaesthesia and improve their recovery.

What are the benefits of pre-anaesthetic blood testing?

These tests allow us to check your pet’s internal health and organ function. This helps us to ensure your pet has no hidden or underlying health problems, which if undetected, could affect the safety of their anaesthetic. Healthy liver and kidney function is important to ensure your pet can properly and safely process the anaesthetic drugs we use.

As an added bonus we will have baseline values that tell us what is normal for your pet.

How do intravenous (IV) fluids help my pet?

Just like in humans who are anaesthetised an IV catheter is placed into a vein in the leg and fluids are administered. General anaesthesia drugs lower blood pressure which can compromise the blood and oxygen supply to internal organs. IV fluids help to maintain your pet’s blood pressure at a stable and safe level throughout their required procedures and also help to flush waste drugs from the bloodstream. This will allow your pet to efficiently and smoothly recover from anaesthesia.

Here at North West Veterinary Clinic we strive to provide the gold standard of care for your pet. To ensure their upmost safety and comfort during their anaesthetic procedure we do all of the following:

  • Pre-anaesthetic blood testing ($90.00) and Intravenous IV fluids ($167.85) for all patients undergoing routine anaesthesia
  • Full physical assessment of all animals on admission
  • Intravenous catheter placement to allow IV fluids to be given and drugs to be administered (quickly if necessary in an emergency situation)
  • We have a dedicated surgical veterinarian and veterinary nurse looking after your pet throughout their stay with us and during their anaesthetic procedure
  • We administer appropriate pain relief to keep your pet feeling comfortable and pain free. 


Please read the information about pre-anaesthetic blood testing and IV fluids. On admission, you will be asked whether or not you would like your pet to have them.
Ensure your pet is clean, a bath the day before their procedure is ideal.
Do not feed your pet after 8pm the night before surgery. Water is fine overnight.
Don’t forget to walk your pet that morning and give them the chance to go to the toilet before arriving at the clinic.
All dogs should arrive to the clinic on a lead and cats in a secure cat cage.
You have been given a specific admission time for your pet, as we run by appointment if you could arrive on time and allow 10 minutes for our nurses to go through a thorough admission, we would appreciate it. This admission process ensures the health and safety of your pet.
Most pets can be picked up on the same day. Discharge times are generally between 3.30 – 5.30pm and an appointment for discharge can be organised on the day.
If your pet is taking any medication please be sure to discuss these with the nurse on admission.


If you have any questions regarding your pet’s anaesthesia or procedure, please feel free to call the clinic and speak with one our friendly staff.