No-one likes the thought of their pet undergoing surgery. At Wynnum Bayside Veterinary Surgery we use the anaesthesia, monitoring and surgical techniques most suited to your pet’s operation and recovery, but we also need you to help prepare your pet for surgical procedures.



An empty stomach is critical for safe anaesthesia – one of your most important responsibilities is to make sure that your pet does not have any food after 8pm the night before.

Your pet can have water ONLY overnight, but take it away first thing in the morning when you get up.

Please keep your pet indoors the night before admission. If you have a dog then please do take them out in the morning on a lead so they can have a little exercise and to empty out before admission.


All routine surgery, for example de-sexing is a DAY procedure. Your pet will be admitted first thing in the morning and will normally be discharged from 4.30pm later that day

If the surgery is more complicated then your pet will need to stay in at least overnight to allow them to fully recover. Your vet will confirm whether this is necessary when you book your pet in for their procedure.


Please bring your fasted pet into WBVS for admission at your pre-booked appointment time. Speak with our staff if you would prefer to have your pet admitted to hospital the night before. Be prepared to spend a few minutes speaking with our veterinarians at admission, it’s important you understand the procedure and we like to have the opportunity to address any concerns or answer any questions. That includes discussing an estimate of expected fees. And, if your pet is staying in hospital longer than one day, remember you can request an update to your account at any time during your pet’s stay.


Most importantly, we take pain management and the comfort of your pet very seriously. Safe and effective pain relief medication is used for all surgical procedures and during post-operative recovery for all animals.


If your pet is taking medication, give the normal dose at the usual time unless otherwise directed (talk to us if you’re concerned). For diabetic patients – always speak with one of our vets regarding a pre-surgery medication program.


We use many of the same anaesthetic agents used in human surgery, and our vets will determine which is the most suitable and safe anaesthetic for your pet’s surgery, depending on the procedure, its length and complexity.


Our operating theatre and preparation area allow us to perform surgery with strict standards of sterility, and your pet’s heart, lungs and other vital functions are closely monitored throughout every procedure, regardless of whether it is routine or an emergency.

We use intravenous catheterisation and fluid therapy during all surgery.  I/V fluid therapy maintains your pet’s blood pressure during anaesthesia, helps protect kidneys, reduces recovery time and provides an immediate way to administer drugs or a blood transfusion in the case of an emergency.


We will ring you once your pet has woken up after surgery to let you know how they are going and to confirm whether he/she is going to be awake enough to go home at the agreed discharge time. After more complex surgery and occasionally after routine surgery we keep an animal in overnight to make sure that they are fully awake and recovered before they go home.


Discharge times are arranged during your admission appointment. Your pet is usually ready to go home after 4pm on the day of the surgery if it is a routine procedure otherwise the vet will discuss with you how long your pet will need to stay if the surgery is more complex.

During discharge a nurse or vet will also explain in detail any home care required. It is also an opportunity for us answer any questions or concerns you might have concerning your pet’s recovery. You can always ring us as well once you get home if you have any further questions or concerns.