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Surgery | Struggletown Veterinary Hospital


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Struggletown Veterinary Hospital
148 Barker Street
NSW 2031

(02) 9398 8000

We perform a wide range of soft tissue and orthopaedic surgical procedures at Struggletown Veterinary Hospital.

If your animal is coming in for surgery, then it will be helpful to read this section before coming in.


We request that you bring your pet in on the day of surgery between 7:30am and 9am. Please ensure that they have had no food intake after 8pm the night before surgery although water should be made available. Take water away after 7am.

When you arrive, our nurses will check your details, confirm the procedure and request that you complete a surgical consent form. Please ensure that we have a contact number so that the vets can call you if necessary.

The nurses will ask if you would like a Pre-anaesthetic Blood test. Please check description below.

If your animal is unwell then the vet will advise you of what is needed and you will not be required to make this choice yourself.

You will be provided with a cost estimate if requested. The vet will call you if the cost will vary from this estimate by more than 10%.

Please allow about 10 minutes to admit your animal into hospital.

Pre-anaesthetic blood screening (PAS)

Most anaesthetic drugs are metabolised by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. The PAS allows us to assess these organs and may detect disease otherwise not evident on a normal clinical exam. We recommend a PAS in all animals as it may help us to detect subclinical disease, such as congenital or inherited diseases in puppies, and gives us more of an idea regarding a patient’s suitability for anaesthesia and the likely anaesthetic risk. Ultimately, the PAS allows us to tailor anaesthetics to the individual patient and so makes the anaesthetic as safe as possible.

Pre-anaesthetic testing is strongly recommended in animals over 8 years old as they are more likely to suffer from underlying problems. Animals who are unwell for any reason should also have the test done.

Intravenous fluid therapy

Intravenous fluids help to provide oxygen and nutrients to the tissues whilst the animal is under anaesthetic and help to maintain blood pressure. Recovery time is generally shorter for animals having intravenous fluids.

Discharge from Hospital

We request that you call the surgery at about 3pm to check on your animal. The nurse will advise you of your animal’s progress and book a time for you to collect them. This is usually after 5pm, although we are open late so it is possible to collect your animal at a time up to 10pm if required.

Most animals go home the same day of surgery. Some need to stay overnight and this can be discussed with the vet.

You will be given an appointment time to see one of the vets or a nurse and to discuss the care of any wounds, sutures or bandages, as well as when to return to have these changed or removed.

Payment must be made at the time of discharge from hospital. We accept all major credit cards, eftpos and cash.