Pre-Op and Post-Op Advice for Planned Procedures under General Anaesthetic or Sedation
Dogs and cats should be starved from 8pm the might before but water can be left down. For kittens aged 4-6 months, feed a teaspoon of food at 6am on the morning of the operation. Other small animal species, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils, are usually fed until the time of the procedure.
Please ensure your pet has a vet check before admission, whether that morning or in the week before. Animals are admitted between 9-10am. Pain relief is given to our patients on admission.
For animals over eight years old we always recommend pre-op blood tests to check kidney and liver parameters, as these organs are involved in the clearance of an anaesthetic. For dogs this can be checked on the morning of the operation. Cats are seen by a veterinary nurse at least a few days before any planned operation, to check their blood pressure and if this is normal blood can then be taken.
Post Op Home Care – Our guidelines to ensure your pet recovers as swiftly as possible from their operation
It is very important that you, your pets or any other pets do not interfere with the operating wound. If a collar has been provided please use this as directed, in the case of a cat, the cat must be confined to the house. Protective collars to prevent your pet reaching the wound are always available from reception upon request.
Feed a little light diet, such as chicken and rice/pasta or white fish. Specific tinned diets are available from Reception. Ensure your pet can reach their water (sometimes a bowl needs to be lifted if your pet has to wear a protective collar).
Provide a warm and quiet environment for recovery after surgery.
Exercise should be restricted for at least the first 48 hours. Dogs should be taken into the garden on a lead for toileting and cats provided with a litter tray.
Pain relief medication will be provided for dogs for dogs for a minimum of three days. These start the morning following their operation and are then given daily with food. Please follow the dosage instructions.
If your pet has a dressing this should be kept clean and dry. Should there be any smell or swelling from under a dressing please contact us.
We would like to re-check your pet the day after their operation and again 10 days after their operation.
If you have any concerns about your pet following am operation please phone use or our out of hours provider for free advice.