Pre-Op Information for Dogs & Cats

Most operations or procedures will involve a full general anaesthetic or sometimes a profound sedative, depending on the case. The preparations for both of these are very similar. If your pet is being admitted for an operation or procedure please ensure that it is clean, as this will reduce the time your pet spends under anaesthesia. Some dogs may require bathing a couple of days before coming in.

Do not give your pet anything to eat from 8.00 pm the evening before, or in the morning before coming in.

Remember to pick up all food bowls and feed any other pets separately. Water (not milk) can be left down until you bring your pet in. Please tell the reception staff if you think your pet may have eaten anything overnight. Take your dog for a short walk in the morning to allow it to go to the toilet before coming in – don’t let cats out!

Please bring your pet to the Reception Desk between 8.05 am and 8.30 am on the morning of your appointment. You may be asked to bring in your pet at a certain time, to enable us to admit each animal in turn.

A nurse will go through the Consent Form with you, which we will ask you to sign before your pet is admitted. Our staff will be pleased to discuss any concerns you may have. Please tell our staff if you think your pet is unwell or if it has been receiving any medication.

Your pet will then be weighed, and taken through into the Prep. Room to receive a premed. It will then be placed on a vet bed in an individual kennel until it is ready to go to Theatre.

Please telephone between 3.00pm and 4.00pm in the afternoon to find out when your pet will be ready to go home. As we operate all day, we may have to ask you to telephone again if your pet has been one of the later ones on our surgical list. Occasionally, it may be necessary to keep some patients in overnight.

We would like to inform all clients that payment is due at the time of collection of their pet. We accept most credit cards, cheques with a banker’s card or cash. If this is likely to cause any problems, please inform Reception before leaving your pet. Estimates of costs can be obtained on request.