General Pre and Post Operative Care Guidance for your Pets

Leaving your much loved pet at the surgery for an operation can be a worrying time so here are a few notes to help you prepare.

Dogs and Cats

Unless your pet is very young or diabetic you will be asked to withhold food from 8pm on the evening prior to surgery. Water can be left available overnight but should be taken away first thing in the morning. This is to prevent vomiting and risk of inhalation of food/water whilst your pet is sedated or under anesthetic.

Please give your pets ample opportunity to toilet before coming to the surgery.

You will be advised upon booking your pet's operation regarding a dropping off time. This is usually between 8.30 and 9.00am but special arrangements can be made if necessary.

On arrival at the surgery you will be asked to read and sign a consent form giving us permission to carry out the required procedure. Please read this carefully and feel free to ask any questions if there is something that you do not understand. It is really important that we have a correct contact telephone number for the day of the operation in case we need to speak to you urgently.

You will be advised of the most suitable time to contact us for an update regarding your pet, following most routine procedures your pet will be ready to come home from mid afternoon onwards.

When you arrive to collect your pet a nurse or receptionist will go through any aftercare that is required. The general post operative advice is to keep your pet warm and quiet for the first 24hrs, do not allow your cat outside and only allow your dog outside to go to the toilet. Your pet may have a small meal on the evening of the operation, we recommend no more than half of their normal amount as they may vomit and sometimes it may be necessary to feed a light appetising meal such as chicken or fish.

Depending on the type of surgery, your pet may or may not have visible skin sutures. It is important that you prevent any interference of the wound such as excessive licking - buster collars are available from the surgery if necessary. Sometimes a pair of boxer shorts or a T-shirt may be sufficient. With cats it is usually necessary to keep them indoors until the sutures have been removed and dogs will require lead exercise only. The majority of sutures can be removed 10 days post surgery and an appointment will be made for this.

Rabbits and other Herbivores

There are some differences in preparing your rabbit or guinea pig for surgery.

It is important that these animals are NOT starved prior to surgery as their guts need a regular supply of food to maintain healthy function. They do not vomit so there is no risk of aspiration during anesthetic.

As these small pets may become more stressed away from their home environment it is helpful if you can bring a small amount of their usual diet with them and some bedding that smells of home. It is sometimes necessary to bring their companion if they have one with them as this helps with a smoother recovery.

We have recently invested in new V-Gel tubes to assist in the safe anesthesia of rabbits. These are cutting edge technology and show our commitment to your bunny's health.

Please contact the surgery immediately if you have any concerns regarding your pet's recovery on the number above.