If your pet requires surgery, then there are a number of things to consider before the procedure.
Just as people prepare for an operation, so too is it necessary for animals to be prepared to ensure everything goes smoothly and to aid recovery afterwards.
We’ve included some general instructions below about pre-operative care, but if your pet has complex medical or surgical needs, please speak with your vet. We also ask that you contact us a few days before surgery to confirm your pet’s individual pre-surgical requirements.
Things to consider
- Please ensure your pet is clean – you may need to wash them a few days before surgery
- Your cat or dog should not consume food during the 12 hours before surgery, with no food allowed after 8:00pm the night before. Fasting from water is not necessary. Rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and ferrets don’t need to fast, and you can bring their regular food into the clinic so we can give it to them pre and post-anaesthetic
- Please bring your pet into the clinic between 7:30am – 8:00am on the day of the procedure. Later arrangements can be made if necessary, and if you can’t bring your pet in, then we can admit them the night before at no additional cost
- Please allow 10 minutes in the morning to complete the surgical consent form and the admission process
- Please mention any medications (even home supplements) your pet may be taking and whether they’ve received any that morning
Most surgical procedures are day procedures, so you can take your pet home later in the day. One of our nurses will send an SMS after the procedure to let you know when you can collect your pet and if a discharge appointment with a vet is required.
Depending on the procedure, a 50% deposit may also be necessary on the morning of the procedure. Please note: Full payment of veterinary fees is required upon discharge of your pet.