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The Ark Pet Surgery
Having your pet come in for surgery can be very stressful. At the Ark we strive to make this experience as easy and worry-free for both you and your pet. With modern surgical and anaesthetic equipment, our experienced team of board-certified veterinary surgeons and nurses can ensure your pet’s safety in all surgical procedures. Here you can find information on:
- Why choose the Ark for your pet’s surgical procedure
- Surgical proceedures offered at the Ark
- Questions about your pet’s procedure
- What to do before your pet’s surgery
- Collaboration with specialists in cardiology, dentistry, internal medicine, oncology, neurology and ophthalmolog
Surgical procedures we offer:
At the Ark your pet’s safety and wellbeing is our utmost concern. We use the same safety measures in human hospitals and can perform most pre-surgery blood work in our in house pathology lab to make sure your pet is healthy enough for their surgery. The practice performs a range of surgical procedures on a daily basis including:
- Emergency surgery
- Desexing operations – castration and speying
- Cruciate ligament repair
- Lump removal
- Exploratory surgery
- Routine dental cleaning
- Specialised oral surgery
Your pet is constantly monitored during surgery and recovery by our team of around-the-clock veterinary nurses so that they are ready for discharge. Our treatment and recovery room is connected directly to the pet surgery, which minimises the need for patient transport and reduces the stress on our patients before and after treatment
Do you have question about your pet’s surgery?
Don’t hesitate to call us on:
Why choose the Ark pet surgery?
Certified veterinary surgeons specialising in soft tissue and orthopaedics
Certified and experienced veterinary technicians and support staff
Up-to-date facilities, equipment and medical technology
Collaboration with specialists in cardiology, dentistry, oncology, neurology and ophthalmology
What to do before your pet’s surgery
2 weeks before the surgery
- Check that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date, and if not, make sure they are vaccinated at least 7 days before the procedure
- Do any grooming your pet requires before the surgery, as your pet will be unable to have a bath for 10 days after their operation. You can book a grooming appointment at the Ark online today (link)
- Check with the vet if there are any post-operation dietary requirements for your pet. For example, after tooth extraction pets require a simple diet of plain chicken or beef strips for 7-10 days following the procedure
- For pets taking regular medications, double check if it is okay for them to have their medication the night before or the morning of surgery.
The night for your pet’s surgery
- Your pet can have some dinner, but make sure they have no access to food after 10pm
- Make sure your pet is comfortable and has a good night’s sleep
The morning of surgery:
- Water can be kept available for your pet overnight, but remember to remove it when you wake up in the morning
- Do not give your pet anything to eat or drink the morning of surgery. If they have eaten anything after 10pm the previous night, let the veteranian or nurses know immediately when you arrive what time they ate. It can be dangerous if your pet vomits during the anaesthetic, so in this case it is safer to reschedule the operation for another day.
- Take your dog for a short walk before bringing them to the Ark so they can relieve themselves.
- Bring your pet to the Ark at your appointment time between 8-9am
- Provide a contact number on the admission form on which you can be reached at all times of the day in case we need to contact you. If possible, please provide more than one contact.
- Most pets are discharged on the day of their surgery between 4-6pm
- We will provide you with take-home care notes with all the details you need to best look after your pet. Please follow the notes and give all medications instructed by the vet, even if your pet seems okay. This includes keeping a head collar on at all times as well as restricting your pet’s activity to give the surgery site the best chance at healing
- If at any point you have any questions post-surgery or are concerned about your pet, don’t hesitate and contact the Ark immediately on 9416 1300
These guys make me feel so safe a secure leaving my dog in their care.
Very friendly and experienced team of veterinarians and nurses.