As pet owners ourselves we know you will be worried so we wish to keep you fully informed. We will ensure your pets surgical procedure is as stress free, comfortable and safe as possible.

We have an experienced team of Veterinarians and trained Nurses at East Coast Bays Vet Clinic. Our Nurses are actively involved in training the next generation of Nurses and we receive referred surgical challenges from other Veterinary Clinics around the Auckland region. Whether we are performing a routine de-sexing operation or a complicated bone fracture repair the same standards of care will apply.

Before surgery

Initially you will be greeted by one of our surgical nurses that will be monitoring your pet through out the day. You will be able to discuss any last minute concerns you may have. The surgical nurse will discuss if a pre anesthetic blood test or operative fluid support is advisable, discuss pain relief and go through the important admission form checklist.

Your pet will be examined and a pre-medication injection will be given based on breed, age and health. This will provide pre-emptive pain relief and sedate your pet to reduce stress and the amount of subsequent anesthetics required.

During surgery

Your pet will receive the same safe intravenous anesthetic drug you would receive in hospital. This is administered via a vein of the foreleg and through a catheter if intravenous fluids are to be given. As is the case with people also, a tube is then gently placed in the airway so an anesthetic gas can be inhaled. This allows more precise control of anesthetic depth.

The patient is then clipped and cleaned in our preparation room before transfer to one of our two  sterile surgical suites.

Anaesthetic monitoring

We have wonderful monitoring equipment that sends vital patient details by blue tooth to a large wall mounted computer for easy viewing. The Wireless PC VetGard+( This allows us to monitor anesthetics at a very high standard for optimal patient safety. We can routinely measure blood oxygen levels, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, ECG patterns, core body temperature and even the amount of carbon dioxide in the air breathed out by the patient (Capnography). Despite this we also rely on our skilled nurses to be constantly evaluating and digitally charting the patients status on an ipad. We currently have two comprehensive monitors with capnography for each of our two surgeries and two pulse oximeter devices.


We routinely use electrosurgery equipment with a fine tipped pen for pin point control of bleeding. This is just like you see on TV with human surgeries and reduces blood loss and pain. We have upgraded to the best with the amazing Force Triad energy platform from covidien. (

Fluid pumps

During most surgeries blood pressure is supported with intravenous fluids given at a carefully controlled rate with an infusion pump. We have six of these units and a syringe pump so fluids and intravenous pain relief can easily be continued after surgery also.


Being able to see exactly what you are doing is crucial during surgery and so we have invested in the latest technology, with a powerful human grade, LED surgical lighting system in both operating rooms. Additionally a powerful surgical 10 watt LED head light is available as needed.


Our small Veterinary patients are very prone to dangerous body temperature drops during surgery which can increase complication rates. Due to the importance of this, we have invested in the latest warming technology for the pets under our care. Patients at our Clinic will be warmed during their procedure whether surgical, dental or imaging with the Hot Dog Patient Warming Device ( Again we will be the first general practice in New Zealand to offer this standard of care and safety for our patients. After surgery we have two machines that blow warm air into a special blanket that covers the patients keeping them wonderfully warm.


Having perfectly sterile surgical instruments, drapes and gowns is critical to successful outcomes especially with advanced surgery and orthopaedics. We have invested in the best with our large hospital grade B class autoclave. The Tuttnauer Elara 11.(

All our surgical packs have class 4 internal monitoring strips to ensure every pack is entirely sterile throughout. Our autoclave is also monitored with its own onboard digital software to ensure perfect performance and is professionally calibrated annually.

We are also the first clinic to have gas sterilisation for more delicate instruments.

After surgery

The surgery isn't over when the anesthetic is turned off with evaluations of comfort, warmth, toileting and general wellbeing continuing through out the day.

Pain control is important to us and we will individualize pain relief from a local anesthetic through to an adjustable constant flow of pain relief intravenously ("pain pump").

Warmth after surgery is also critical for a good recovery. Our hospital cages our insulated to reflect warmth and all pets get covered in polar fleece blankets and have dry beds to lie on. For those with extra needs we use a warm air blanket system which rapidly raises there core temperature to normal..

Each evening kennel staff come to clean cages and surfaces so the surgery, hospital and consultation rooms are ready for a new days challenges.

Surgical report

When you return to collect your pet you are understandably focused on seeing them again so it is not surprising that it is hard to recall what the Vet or Nurse have advised about home care after surgery.

This is why we feel it is crucial that pet parents receive a written report when taking their pets home from the hospital or surgery departments. The report will be individual to your pet with your responsibilities for home care clearly indicated to ensure a rapid and comfortable recovery.

For hospital cases you will receive information on your pets condition, copies of any blood tests done and a cd of Xrays or other imaging performed.

Progress checks will often be required and the report will indicate when these are due.