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If you've booked in for an operation

Do I need to withhold food or water?

It is necessary to starve dogs and cats prior to any anaesthetic. Food should be witheld from 9pm the evening before. There is no need to withold water. Water should be available for your pet until he or she comes into the surgery on the morning of the procedure.

Rabbits, guineapigs, hamsters, chinchillas, rats and mice must not be starved. Food and water must be available at all times. It is also helpful if you bring in some of his or her usual food.

If your pet has been off his or her food prior to a procedure, it is vital that you inform the nurse or vet prior to admission.

Cats must be kept indoors, with access to a litter tray, the night before their procedure. Dogs must have the opportunity to toilet before coming into the surgery

What happens on the day of the operation?

We usually require you to bring your pet into the surgery between 8:30am and 9:00am on the morning of his or her procedure, unless you are specifically told otherwise by a vet or nurse.

On admission, you wil be required to read through a form of consent and verify the details are correct. We will need a contact telephone number so we can reach you during the day. Your pet will then be admitted, checked by the vet and settled into the ward. We use the best available anaesthetic regimes which will be tailored to After your pet’s procedure, we will usually contact you to arrange for you to pick him or her her up from the surgery.

Advice for your pet’s post-operative recovery period

On collecting your pet, the vet or nurse will go through post-operative care instructions specific to your pet. In general, your pet will need to be kept warm and quiet during the first night home. Fresh drinking water and small amounts of his or her usual food should be available.

We aim to ensure that no pet experiences unnecessary discomfort or pain. We routinely send pets home with good pain relief; often given as injections before leaving the surgery. Some pets may therefore be a little sedated when they come home. Usually, you will be given pain-relieving medications to give to your pet at home. The nurse or vet will instruct you how to give these medications. If you have any questions about the medications please do not hesitate to contact the surgery to speak to a vet or nurse.

You will be instructed by the nurse or vet when you collect your pet as to the length of time your pet needs to be rested. We will usually arrange to check your pet a couple of days following his or her procedure.

If your pet has sutures, please ensure that they are kept clean and dry and that your pet doesn’t lick or scratch the wound. Please contact the surgery if your pet seems unduly bothered by his or her wound/sutures.

If your pet has a dressing, we will arrange a day and time to change or remove it. Please keep this appointment. If the dressing slips, gets wet or seems uncomfortable, please contact the surgery as soon as possible.

Further to the advice given above, if you have any query, please ask a member of staff.