The night before...
Please do not feed your pet after 11.00pm the evening before admission. Ideally a little food should be fed around 10.00pm. Water should be left available during the night until 7.30am on the day of admission.
On the day of admission...
- Please allow your pet the opportunity to relieve themselves before coming into the surgery. Please also try and make sure your pet is CLEAN and DRY as well.
- You will be given an admission appointment with a nurse between 8.15am and 9.15am. At this appointment you will be asked to sign a consent form, which details the procedure to be performed (eg x-ray chest, spey, blood tests etc). Please check the details carefully and raise any queries you have with the nurse at this point. Please also make sure that any additional (such as clipping nails, or microchipping) is mentioned and added to the consent form at this time.
- On the consent form, your attention is drawn to the fact that all anaesthetics do carry a degree of risk to the patient. The risk is small. All animals are given a clinical examination prior to the anaesthesia to ascertain, as far as possible, that there are no obvious underlying problems that could increase that risk. It is essential that you read and understand the Consent Form before you sign it. Please do not hesitate to ask for further clarification.
- For some older pets (eg over 8 years), or those that have had previous illness, the vet may recommend that a small blood screen be done prior to the anaesthesia. This is to help detect underlying problems such as kidney compromise, diabetes, liver problems or anaemias. For peace-of-mind owners of younger pets may also wish to have the tests carried out. The additional cost of the screening is approximately £60.00 (inc VAT). Please discuss this with the nurse if required. NB - doing the tests is not a guarantee that there will be no problems, but the more we know about your pet, the more prepared we can be.
- For some animals that are elderly, unwell or due to have a long procedure, the vet may have recommended that he/she is placed on an intravenous drip. This should have been discussed with your prior to the procedure but please feel free to discuss with further with the nurse at admission.
- We use a drug called Propofol for all cat and dog anaesthetic inductions and maintain them with a gas called Isofluorane. These modern drugs allow your pet to recover from the anaesthetic more rapidly and with less of a "hangover" effect.
- We will ask you to leave us a phone number that we can contact you on during the day. This is case we need to update you on the progress or in event of needing to discuss urgent matters or further treatment with you. VOICE-MAIL DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CONTACT NUMBER.
- Recovery times from anaesthetics are very variable, but most pets will be able to go home in the afternoon/evening. If you have not been advised sooner, then please call after 3.00pm to check on your pet's progress and likely discharge time.
- If you have taken your cat carrier home, please remember to bring this with you when come to collect your cat afterwards!
The evening after...
- You will be given a tin of convalescent diet food to feed to your pet in the evening. It is palatable and easily digestible food. You can resume normal feeding the following day unless otherwise instructed.
- If your pet is sent home with medication, the nurse will go through the instructions with you at discharge. If follow up medication is required, this should be started the following morning unless otherwise instructed.
- Most pet do not chew their sutures out. However complications can occur if your pet does interfere with wounds. A Buster Collar is advisable so please ask us if you want to purchase on.
For animals that have had a surgical procedure...
2-3 Days Post Surgery
We ask that you bring your pet back for a check-up appointment. This is to ensure that he/she has fully recovered from the anaesthetic, is not interfering with the wound/sutures and that there is no sign of complications such as infection. There is no additional fee for this appointment.
10 Days Post Surgery
Sutures can normally be removed at this point. It is not a painful procedure and is done in a normal appointment by a nurse or a vet. Exercise should be restricted to lead only walks until the sutures are removed.
Dogs for BVA Hip and Elbow Scoring
Dogs must be microchipped prior to or on the day of this procedure. Please bring your kennel club registration number and pedigree details with you on the morning your dog is admitted. We cannot carry out this procedure without these documents.