Preparing your pet for anaesthesia

Julia OperatingDue to illness, disease or trauma, your pet may one day require surgery.  While always stressful (for both you and your pet) there are a few basic guidelines that you can follow that will make the process as complication-free as possible and put your pet on the fast road to recovery.

Depending on the type of surgery, whether minor or major, your veterinary surgeon will advise you when your pet can resume his/her normal lifestyle.

Pre-surgical instructions:

  • Your veterinary surgeon will do a check-up on your pet before the surgery to determine if there are any pre-existing conditions that may interfere with the surgical procedure.
  • Make sure your pet us up-to-date with annual vaccinations.
  • Your veterinary surgeon may suggest a blood test to screen for disease not apparent from a physical exam.
  • You may need to administer antibiotics several days prior to major surgery to increase your pet's ability to fight off infection.

Cats

Please ensure your cat does not have anything to eat after 9pm the night before the operation.  He/she can have water to drink until the morning.  Please lift the water bowl when you get out of bed.

Keep your cat indoors with a litter tray the night before the operation so he/she cannot go out and raid the dustbins!

Please bring your cat to the clinic between 8.30am and 9am on the morning of the operation in a secure basket/cat box (it is most helpful to staff if you would please label the carrier with your pet's name and your surname). You will be advised of the admission time when you arrange the date of the operation.

On arrival you will meet with one of our nurses and you will be asked to sign a consent form for the anaesthetic and procedure to be carried out.  It is important you check all details are correct; especially the contact number and that you are available on your contact number. 

If your cat is ill leading up to the operation please telephone us.  If you have any questions about the operation or anything else you would like to be treated at the same time, please ask for a pre-operation appointment with the Veterinary Surgeon on the morning of the operation.

You will be asked to call us around 2.30pm, so that we can discuss progress and arrange a time for your pet to be collected.

If you have any other queries or problems please do not hesitate to telephone us on 01444 456886.

For a printed copy of our leaflet 'Preparing Your Pet for an Operation' click here.

Dogs

Please ensure your dog does not have anything to eat after 9pm the night before the operation.  He/she can have water to drink until the morning.  Please lift the water bowl when you get out of bed.

Please bring your dog to the clinic between 8.30am and 9am on the morning of the operation wearing a secure collar and lead, after a short walk to relieve him/herself.  You will be advised of the admission time when you arrange the date of the operation.

On arrival you will meet with one of our nurses and you will be asked to sign a consent form for the anaesthetic and procedure to be carried out.  It is important you check all details are correct; especially the contact number and that you are available on your contact number. 

If your dog is ill leading up to the operation please telephone us.  If you have any questions about the operation or anything else you would like to be treated at the same time, please ask fo a pre-operation appointment with the Veterinary Surgeon on the morning of the operation.

You will be asked to call us around 2.30pm, so that we can discuss progress and arrange a time for your pet to be collected.

If you have any other queries or problems please do not hesitate to telephone us on 01444 456886.

For a printed copy of our leaflet 'Preparing Your Pet for an Operation' click here.

Small Pets 

Small pets e.g. hamsters, rabbits, rats; mice and guinea pigs must NOT be deprived of water or starved before anaesthesia.  Their metabolism is different from cats and dogs and they require a constant source of food.  They are unlikely to vomit under an anaesthetic.

Please bring your small pet to the clinic between 8.30am and 9am on the morning of the operation in a secure basket/box (it is most helpful to staff if you would please label the carrier with your pet's name and your surname). You will be advised of the admission time when you arrange the date of the operation.

On arrival you will meet with one of our nurses and you will be asked to sign a consent form for the anaesthetic and procedure to be carried out.  It is important you check all details are correct; especially the contact number and that you are available on your contact number. 

If your pet is ill leading up to the operation please telephone us.  If you have any questions about the operation or anything else you would like to be treated at the same time, please ask fo a pre-operation appointment with the Veterinary Surgeon on the morning of the operation.

You will be asked to call us around 2.30pm, so that we can discuss progress and arrange a time for your pet to be collected.

If you have any other queries or problems please do not hesitate to telephone us on 01444 456886.

For a printed copy of our leaflet 'Preparing Your Pet for an Operation' click here.

Post-surgical instructions:

  • Chances are your pet will be weak or groggy after surgery.  Do not let him/her get too excited.
  • Restrain your animal with a lead or put them in a carrier when leaving the hospital.  This will protect them for additional injury.
  • Provide only small amounts of food and water until your pet readjusts to being at home and is recovering.  Too much food and water can lead to upset stomachs or vomiting.
  • If a special post-surgical diet has been prescribed, follow all the instructions carefully.
  • Limit your pet's exercise.  Climbing the stairs, jumping or running may open up sutures or cause nausea.
  • Make sure the sleeping area is clean, warm and free of draughts.
  • For rabbits, guinea-pigs etc, that have a ventral incision (on their stomach), make sure they are not laying on sawdust or shavings - clean shredded paper will cause less discomfort.
  • Your veterinary surgeon may prescribe medication to administer during your pet's recovery.  Follow all label instructions carefully.
  • Sutures are usually removed approximately 10 days after surgery.  Check the area around the incision daily for redness, swelling or discharge.  If you detect any irritation, contact us immediately.
  • Try to keep your pet from licking or chewing on the wound.  If this is difficult to do, you might want to provide a physical barrier by placing a "buster" collar around the head.
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