Surgical Referrals FAQs
To help you prepare for your pet’s upcoming procedure, take a look at some of the Frequently Asked Questions from pet owners below. If you would like more information or wish to talk to our team, please do get in touch.
Should I starve my pet before surgery?
If your dog or cat is booked in for a general anaesthetic, please make sure you bring them in starved. Our team will be able to answer any questions about the booking but please ensure that no food is given to them from 7pm the night before, then take up their water bowl in the morning. If you have a rabbit or other small furry booked in for a general anaesthetic, they do not need to be starved prior to their procedure.
Will my pet have to go to the toilet in their kennel?
Please make sure your pet has toileted before visiting the surgery. Walking your dog or providing your cat with a litter tray overnight will ensure that their bowel and bladder are empty prior to admission. Once the surgical procedure has been carried out then our nursing team will monitor your pet and give them access to either our secure garden or a litter tray.
Will the vet performing surgery be admitting my pet in the morning?
On arrival either a nurse or vet will admit your pet, discussing their usual management with you to make sure they feel as comfortable as possible at our clinic. This also gives owners the chance to ask questions about the procedure and gain reassurance. Our team will also offer you’re a pre-anaesthetic blood screening, an extra option to check your pet’s internal organs. This helps to tailor the anaesthetic if the blood results highlight a problem that could pre-dispose your pet to complications. This is completely optional and the nurse or vet will provide you with more information on admission.
What happens during the recovery process following their operation?
To ensure your pet has the safest recovery possible, they may need to stay with us overnight. Our nurses will monitor your pet throughout the evening, ensuring that necessary pain relief, and fluids are given as required. Bringing a toy or familiar blanket with them may help to reduce anxiety overnight and dogs and cats will be separated in dedicated wards. When the vets are happy, we will book a discharge appointment with you. This will allow our nursing team to go through any discharge notes and answer any questions about post-surgical management.
When will my pet’s operation happen?
Our operations are usually carried out in the morning. Our team will give you a call once your pet is recovering from the general anaesthetic to let you know how they are doing. Please keep your phone to hand as you will be contacted throughout the day if there are any complications during or after surgery. Once your pet has recovered our nurses will offer them a small portion of food and ensure they go to the toilet.