Blk 1002, Toa Payoh Lor 8, 01-1477,
Singapore 319074. Tel: +65
firstname.lastname@example.org Focus: Small animals -dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters,pet rats and mice, birdsand
October 06, 2020
YOUR PET'S NEUTER, SPAY AND SURGERY - CARE GIVING BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow)
When you visit us, please let
us know as much information as possible for our history taking.
1. HISTORY TAKING
1.1 Health history:
1.2 Duration of problem:
1.3 Medications being administered: Bring along medicines from the vets you
1.4 Previous medical and surgical procedures. Bring along the medical
record and vaccination cards if you have any.
2. EXAMINATION. A physical examination is performed to check
the health of your pet.
3. ADDITIONAL TESTS to accurately diagnose a condition or to better
determine the effectiveness of treatment will be thoroughly discussed with
the owner prior to being performed. This includes:
x-rays, blood and urine tests, biopsies, needle aspirates, cytology, bacteriology
and more specialised tests.
4. ANAESTHESIA & SURGERY
Details will be discussed with the owner his or her
expectations, the potential risks of anaesthesia and surgery. You will
need to sign an informed
consent form after discussion of the procedures, risks, costs and home care required. No
food and water after 10 pm in the evening before surgery for dogs and cats.
Rabbits and guinea pigs can continue eating.
5. AFTER SURGERY CARE
Your pet needs rest after anaesthesia and surgery. Proper pain management
is important to us. Patients are discharged only when they can be managed
well at home. However, we understand that this involves additional costs
to the owner. We prefer the patient to have at least 24 hours of
cage rest. We recommend at least 4 hours of cage rest and stay at
Toa Payoh Vets before going home.
Most owners in Singapore prefer
to bring their pet home immediately after surgery without realising that
the pet needs complete cage rest and care for at least the first 48 hours
after anaesthesia and surgery. The pet may vomit and inhale its vomitus
during transport to the home immediately after surgery. Sometimes, the pet
gets aspiration pneumonia and dies a few days later.
Emergency surgeries include Caesarean section due to the difficulty in giving
birth, trauma-related injuries including eye injuries, obstructed intestines (with foreign
objects), herniated discs and ruptured spleen.
A puppy's life is precious. A small number of professional
dog breeders wait over 10 hours before deciding on the
emergency caesarean deliveries. In certain breeds like the
chihuahua, a delay of more than two hours may result in stressed out
puppies which may not be able to live more than 7 days.
Be Your Vet's best friend. Many other owners want their pets
to live longer and they do build a very good relationship with their vets.
Veterinary health care costs.
Singapore is an expensive city to live in. At Toa Payoh Vets, we
attempt to provide as low as possible the veterinary costs by informing
the owner before any tests will be recommended. Blood and urine
tests are advised.
Many Singaporean pet owners buy some products to
solve their pets' health problems but, please note
that tumours cannot disappear with creams and sprays purchased from pet
skin diseases have spread over the whole body for the past months or the
emaciated cat is at the door-step of death, it will be
hard for the pet to recover. Bad breadth in the older dog till the
decayed teeth have had dropped off by themselves
will adversely sicken your pet. Get them dental treatment from your
Early detection and treatment saves lives and lower medical costs
and permit your pet to live to a ripe old age.