The surgical operating room is packed with high-tech monitoring equipment to keep accurate readings of many of your pet’s biological systems, such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and breathing rate.
9:45-am Sedation started. She gets very drowsy, and the staff return her back to to the kennel. The kennel is kept warm by heated blankets and warm cushions.
10:15-am Lizzy receives further sedation. Technicians gently install a soft tube down the cats’ throat for intubation of gas anaesthetic to make sure she is fully unconscious during the surgery. The anaesthetics are very safe. The technicians also give pain medication.
10:20-am Lizzy is under a general anaesthetic.
10:30-am Surgery begins, with the veterinarian making an incision in her abdomen to remove only her two ovaries, (called an ovariectomy).The procedure has less internal disruption. (Ovariectomy is different from a hysterectomy where the surgery will remove the entire uterus.)
10:35 Surgery is underway.
11.00-am The veterinarian inspects the surgery site and installs sutures to close the abdomen. The staff return Lizzy to her kennel. She rests on warmed blankets.
11:30-am Lizzy is awake still drowsy, but comfortable.
11:00-am Lizzy is still sleepy, and she begins to eat vigorously.
12:00-pm Lizzy is standing up, fully awake and is ready to go home.