Anaesthesia and Surgery

If your pet has been booked in for surgery or imaging (xrays or ultrasound scan) he or she will given a general anaesthetic or a sedation depending on the procedure being undertaken.

Pre-operative instructions prior to general anaesthetic or sedation for dogs and cats

  • Feed your pet before 10 o'clock the evening prior to the operation.
  • Allow your pet to have access to water until you bring them into the surgery.
  • Take your dog outside for a chance to go to the toilet before bringing them down to the surgery.  Keep cats inside the night before they come in but provide them with a litter tray.
  • Make sure your pet's coat is as dry and clean as possible before admission to the surgery.
  • Bring your pet to the surgery between 8.30am and 9am.
  • Ensure that you leave a telephone number or numbers that we will be able to contact you on. This is very important even for routine procedures.
  • If your pet has particular habits or specialised care requirements please discuss these with the nurse at this time, this will allow us to make your animal as comfortable as possible during their stay.  If you have any further concerns please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.

Pre-anaesthetic blood testing

Advances in anaesthetics and surgery have made routine procedures safer, with a low rate of complications. However complications can arise because pre-existing conditions may not be evident during a pre-anaesthetic examination. To reduce these risks we recommend pre-anaesthetic blood testing for all pets from the age of eight.

If your dog or cat is less than eight years old you may still request pre-anaesthetic blood testing for peace of mind.

The blood test includes biochemistry tests to test liver and kidney function, and a complete blood count.

Pre-operative instructions prior to general anaesthetic or sedation for rabbits and small mammals

Please follow the same instructions as for cats and dogs but with the following important differences:

  • Provide food and water as normal right up until you bring your pet to the surgery.
  • Please bring a small amount of your pet's normal food with them. It is very important that he/she eats as soon as possible after an operation and they are more likely to do so if they are offered a familiar diet.

Collecting your pet 

Please phone the surgery at 2pm on the day of your pet's operation or hospitalisation.  We can then arrange a time for you to come and collect your pet.  When you come to collect your pet, a nurse or vet will explain how best to care for him/her once back at home and will also explain how to administer any medications that may have been prescribed.

Payment in full will be expected when you collect your pet from the surgery, using any of the following methods; cash, credit or debit card.  We ask insured clients to bring their policy document and a signed claim form with them although please be aware that full payment at time of discharge is still required unless prior arrangement has been made with our Practice Manager.