Thank you for choosing Blakes Veterinary Surgeries to take care of your pet. This handout will help you prepare for your pet’s procedure. If you have any questions, please call us on 7231 3000.

Preparing your pet for surgery-

  • Please bath your pet before surgery

This also makes sure that their skin and coat are dirt free to help with sterility.

  • Please treat your pet for fleas before they come into the clinic. If fleas are found, the clinic will apply a treatment and charges will apply
  • If your pet suffers from skin allergies, please make sure they have been treated before coming in for surgery

Pre-anaesthetic blood Test-

Pre-anaesthetic blood testing gives us an understanding of your pet’s internal health. These results indicate how the liver and kidneys are functioning. This is important as these organs process majority of the anaesthesia. It also gives us a base line of your pet’s “normal” blood values for reference in the future. Blood testing is compulsory in patients over the age of 7 years but is offered to all patients having an anaesthetic. There is an additional cost for blood testing.

Intravenous fluid therapy-

Fluid therapy helps by maintaining blood pressure and supporting the kidneys as they flush out the anaesthetic from your pet’s body. It also assists with a smoother, quicker recovery. If your pet is currently in season or had a season recently or is overweight, fluid therapy is required during surgery. This is in the best interest of your pet. There is an additional cost for fluid therapy.

Additional procedures-

Please be advised that if you request additional procedures on the day, there will likely be additional costings involved. If it is not classed as a routine service, your pet will need to have a consult with a vet first.

Admission for surgery-

  • Please bring your pet in for admission between 8am-9am.
  • Your pet requires to be fasted from food from midnight.
  • For patients under 16 weeks of age please feed a light meal the morning of the procedure.
  • For exotic animals and pocket pets (rabbits, guinea pigs etc) ensure your pet always has access to food and water and bring in their food with them, as they do not require to be fasted for surgery.


Once your pet is out of surgery and in recovery, we will contact you to arrange a discharge time. This is usually between 4pm-7pm depending on how your pet wakes up from anaesthetic.

**Please be aware that we are an emergency clinic. In the event of an emergency, we may need to triage patients which may delay your pet’s procedure**