Prior to the operation it is necessary for the dog or cat to be checked by the vet to ensure that it is fit and well and, in the case of bitches, check that they are not in season.
As operations are performed under general anaesthesia it is vital that your cat/dog does not eat anything after 8pm. Water should be left down overnight so that your pet does not become dehydrated but this should be removed first thing in the morning. Rabbits and some other species should not be starved - please enquire.
On the day
Your pet will be admitted by a nurse or vet who will go through a consent form with you, checking whether your pet is ready for the operation and collecting relevant contact details for the day. They will then admit your pet to the cattery or dog ward, where they will spend the day.
Your pet will stay with us for the day whilst they have their operation and recover from the anaesthetic. Once we are satisfied that they have recovered enough, they will be discharged into your care with all the information you require.
If we feel that your pet needs to be monitored by our staff overnight, they will be kept in the hospital under 24-hour care (pets that have been operated on at any of the branch surgeries will be transported there via ambulance).
For all pets it is vital that they are not allowed to disturb the wound either by licking, biting or scratching. To help prevent this, they may need to wear a ‘buster collar’ which prevents them reaching the sutures. Dogs will need to be lead-exercised only for 10 days after surgery to prevent them pulling the stitches or damaging the wound. Female cats will need to be kept inside for the first 10 days (or until their sutures are removed). Male cats can go outside after 24 hours, once the anaesthetic has fully worn off.
Some animals will need to attend post-op checks 2-3 days and 10 days after surgery to check the wound site and ensure they are healing correctly. If sutures have been placed, these will be taken out at the 2nd check-up if they are ready to be removed (if not it may be necessary to come in again). Male cats may not need to be seen but will depend on the instructions given at discharge. Post-operative checks are free of charge.