Before you bring your pet for an operation or procedure
Dogs and cats
- Withhold all food from 8pm on the evening before your pet is admitted. This means removing all food that is within easy reach of your pet.
- Ensure free access to water until your pet is admitted
- Keep your cat indoors on the evening before they are admitted to ensure they do not eat elsewhere
- Medication can be given as normal unless it must be given with food or if your vet has told you otherwise
- Please give your pet the opportunity to go to the toilet before they are admitted
Rabbits and small pets
- Rabbits, small pets and birds should not have food or water withheld before surgery. We recommend bringing a small amount of their usual food with them when they are admitted.
When your pet is admitted
One of our team will explain the procedure to you and discuss any concerns you may have. We will ask you for a contact number to allow us to update you on your pet’s condition and will ask you to sign a consent form. We will also tell you the best time to call us for an update on your pet as they recover from their procedure.
When your pet is discharged
We will arrange a discharge appointment with you following your pet’s procedure. In the discharge appointment we will provide specific, important information relating to your pet and the procedure they have had. We will give you a copy of this information to take home for reference. We will also explain any medications you may need to administer to your pet and we will book a post-operative check up appointment with one of our nurses or vets.
After an operation
- Dogs do not require a walk on the night after a procedure. A short, supervised toilet trip should be sufficient
- Offer a small, light meal such as boiled chicken and rice and allow free access to water
- Follow instructions from your vet regarding lead exercise and the use of a Buster collar following an operation
- Keep cats indoors for at least 24 hours following a procedure. This ensures that you keep them safe as they recover from the effects of an anaesthetic.
- Your vet may advise you to keep cats indoors for longer, especially if they have a surgical wound or need to wear a Buster collar.
- Offer cats a small amount of light food following a procedure, such as chicken or white fish. Ensure free access to water
Rabbits and small pets
- Following the procedure, continue to offer your pet’s usual food. Contact us immediately if your pet does not eat within 24 hours following a procedure.
- Keep your pet in warm, draught-free housing with clean bedding after their procedure.
- In warmer months, it is very important that you check your pet’s surgical wound at least twice daily to check for signs of fly strike. Contact us immediately if you see maggots on your rabbit or small pet.