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Operations FAQs

Two surgeons operatingDuring your pet’s life he or she may need to come in for an operation. We do everything we can to make this as safe and stress free for them as possible.

It is important that your pet has nothing to eat after 7pm on the evening before their operation. Water may be left overnight, but taken up when you get up in the morning. Rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furries should not be starved prior to an anaesthetic.

Dogs should be walked prior to being admitted to enable them to empty their bladder and bowels. Cats may appreciate a litter tray over night, as you may regret letting them out!

When you arrive at the surgery your pet will be admitted by a nurse. This will take 5-10 minutes. The nurse will check the details of the procedure to be carried out and then may weigh your pet. You will then be asked to read and sign the consent form and provide a telephone number where you can be contacted at all times. 

When your pet has been admitted he/she will receive both pain relief and a mild sedative which should reduce anxiety and reduce the amount of anaesthetic agent required.

Operations are usually carried out in the morning and your pet will usually go home between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. The nurse will usually contact you between 1:00pm and 2:00 pm to let you know how your pet is and arrange a discharge appointment. However if you have not heard from us by 2.30pm we suggest you contact the surgery in case there has been a problem with your contact number.

Once your pet has recovered from the anaesthetic they will be offered a small amount of food and taken outside.

Pre anaesthetic blood testing

In addition to taking a detailed medical history, we will physically examine your pet. Because the internal organs and blood cells cannot be evaluated in any other way we recommend that a blood test is performed before your pet’s operation in order to minimise the risks of anaesthetic. This can be especially important in older pets. If the pre-anaesthetic test results are normal we can proceed with confidence. If there are abnormalities we can alter the anaesthetic procedure or take other precautions to safeguard your pet’s health.