In case of an emergency please call 1300 JCU VET (528 838)



Anaesthesia is an essential part of your pet’s surgery, to ensure that they are comfortable and pain-free. It is also important for our surgeons, to reduce complications during the surgery and strengthen recovery time. All sedations and general anaesthetics are done in consultation with our specialist anaesthetists and are tailored to the individual needs of your pet.

Before surgery

Our specialist anaesthetists will complete a comprehensive physical examination of your pet to determine their medical history and individual requirements according to their age, breed, pre-existing medical conditions and overall health. They will also conduct a blood test to find out more about your pet’s internal organs/health. After determining their individual anaesthetic plan, they will liaise with the surgeon and your regular veterinarian, to answer any queries or concerns.

Before the surgical procedure, there are a number of things you can do to ensure your pet is ready. It is important that they arrive on an empty stomach before the surgery, so please ensure they do not eat for at least ten-twelve hours prior. Water can be provided until the morning of the surgery.

During surgery

Throughout the surgery, our team of anaesthetists, surgeons and nurses will monitor your pet closely to ensure they are safe and comfortable. Your pet will be placed onto intravenous fluids, which will help to maintain their blood pressure and prevent dehydration, for a safer surgery and recovery time.

They will also be placed onto a breathing circuit with a tracheal tube to protect their airway. Our trained staff members will keep a constant, close eye on their blood pressure and breathing patterns throughout the surgery. Particular attention is placed on their heart rate, respiration and blood pressure to determine their fluid administration and medication.

After surgery

After your pet’s surgery, a comprehensive report will be sent to your regular vet detailing their condition. Your pet’s recovery time will depend on the type of surgery they received, for instance, senior patients may require a longer stay in our hospital.

We have separate recovery areas in our hospital designed to let your pet recover in a safe, warm and quiet environment. We provide round-the-clock monitoring by our qualified veterinary team to ensure they are as comfortable as possible.

When your pet arrives home, they may still feel drowsy or shaky due to the effects of the anaesthetic. Our team will liaise with you and your regular vet to ensure that you have no concerns or queries during this period. We will also provide you with some take-home instructions about how to keep them calm and relaxed.

If you have any concerns, please call our team on 1300 JCU Vet (1300 528 838).

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